Intensive Techniques: Ring Project

Fine-tune your jewellery manufacturing skills with a focus on ring-making techniques as you create a traditional Victorian cluster ring. One of our most intensive short jewellery courses, this programme is ideal for jewellers who have had some time away from the bench and want to practise traditional goldsmithing techniques or candidates looking to brush up on their skills before applying for a course such as BAJ’s Level 4 Diploma.

Additional information




5 days



Next Date



Birmingham, London


Course description

On this five-day course, you will take on an intensive project to create all the components of a cluster ring, carving the settings by hand and assembling the parts yourself. This will involve carrying out a series of exercises designed to create muscle memory when working with hand tools, increasing the speed and accuracy of your work. Starting with exercises in hand-eye coordination, the programme will take you through the whole making process, from measuring and marking, via metal shaping, mount carving and joining, to flush setting and polishing.

Entry requirements

A good working knowledge of measuring, cutting, filing, soldering, polishing and the use of hand tools is required.

Fees & funding


No funding is available for short courses but as a student or alumni of the past 3 years, you may be entitled to a 10% discount. To find out if you are eligible, please enquire to speak with our recruitment team.

What you will learn

Day 1:

  • Exercise in hand-eye coordination at the bench
  • Measuring, marking, cutting and filing
  • Centre punching, drilling, and carving stone mountings by hand

Day 2:

  • Shaping metal to create the components of a traditional cluster ring
  • Carve mountings for stones

Day 3:

  • Join components together with pick soldering technique and use borax and graphite to control the flow of solder

Day 4:

  • Buffing and polishing

Day 5:

  • Flush setting the stones
  • Final polish


Students can consider progression onto one of BAJ’s other short courses, such as Intensive Techniques for Jewellery Making, and can find out more from our admissions team about applying for our jewellery diploma programmes.

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