Jewellery Bench Skills: Basic Hand Engraving

In this 3-day short course, you will be introduced to basic hand engraving. You will gain knowledge of preparing tools and metals used to hand engrave, and how to finish.

During the course you will be encouraged to practise engraving techniques to achieve desired depth and texture, use decorative stencils, transfer an image to metal, and finally progress onto your own design.

Additional information




3 days



Next Date



Birmingham, London


Course description

By the end of the course you will have produced around 6 copper panels of engraving, gained a clear understanding of the health and safety implications of working with sharp implements, and received an introduction to the historical context of decorative engraving on precious metals.

Entry requirements

No previous experience is required. Some knowledge of basic jewellery making techniques are an advantage, but are not essential.

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

During the course you will learn:

  • How to set up an engraving tool and keep it sharp
  • How to prepare metal for an image
  • How to transfer an image onto metal
  • Basic cuts with the engraving tool into metal
  • Building on basic cuts to create depth and texture
  • Trouble-shooting with tools and mistakes
  • Polishing after engraving


Students can consider progression onto one of BAJ’s other short courses in CAD or jewellery manufacturing and can find out more from our admissions team about applying for our jewellery diploma programme.

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