Mentored

Course Series

All tutors work as professional jewellers or are jewellery trade specialists who are willing to share their expertise and trade secrets with you.

 

Get Started | Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing

Learn how to obtain an efficient and profitable small scale jewellery production line
- Four mentored course sessions of private tuition
"This live project is about learning a viable pathway for manufacturing Jewellery, learning what won’t work for your business as much as what will"
  • Converting a successful hand-made jewellery design into a profit making production line piece can be a daunting prospect and  this course has been specially designed to provide guidance and on-going support to help you get started. 

 

  • You’ll receive the help of a mentor | A tutor who is a seasoned experienced Jewellery Trade professional who specialises in rapid prototyping methods for Jewellery production and they will guide your progress during the 4 course series.

SESSION SERIES: Consultation | Design | Pre-Manufacture | Post Manufacture

Through a series four course sessions of one-to-one consultations that take place in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, you will be able to choose and discuss one of your designs for rapid prototyping and with step-by-step tutor guidance you'll create a working strategy to guide your journey into small scale jewellery manufacturing.

 

The aim this series of four course sessions is to:

 

  • Create an immediate pathway into commercial manufacturing for one product. Your mentor will guide your progress and help you find solutions that work for your business during the process.

  • Use information and methods learned to create a standard business practice/model for future manufacturing projects.

  • Obtain invaluable Trade connections for manufacturing, outsourcing and supply.

 

This series of four mentored courses session is designed to be a live design and production project.      

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Actual manufacturing & material costs are NOT included in any of the course fees advised, because they cannot be determined in advance for a bespoke course. The fees advised are for consultancy/tuition only.

Course Session Descriptions

Course Session 1 
Duration: Up to 3.5 hrs

CONSULTATION

Course Session Fee
£350 GBP

Vat Not applicable

Session preparation

For this first consultation session you need to bring along either your hand-made prototype piece or your drawings, you need these because they will form the basis for discussion with the tutor about the real potential for their manufacture.

With tutor guidance you’ll select a design to use for the purposes of this project.

 

Your chosen design is not hugely important because it will be used as a vehicle only for the purposes of manufacturing via rapid prototyping, to show the result and effect of the whole process.

During this consultation session you’ll be discussing;

  • The Pros and Cons of potential methods for manufacture and the approximate timeline of these

  • Designing for Rapid Prototyping - CAD (Computer aided design) Outsource or not?

  • General cost implications

  • The materials (Metals) choices

  • An overview of potential hazards

  • Outsourcing- Your strengths and weakness

  • Outsourcing & Trade Connections – Discuss which companies could have the potential to help you with your manufacturing

  • How designing for manufacture differs from designing for hand-made product

 

Outcome

From the notes you make during the session you will be able to formulate a summary of the options discussed during your mentoring session.

You will then be armed with information you need to confidently make informed decisions about the CAD design process for a commercial piece, and to start researching the costs of your preferred manufacturing method.

Tutor Option &
Course Location
Tutor Images & Experience

Jack R |

Location: Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

Sebastian P |

Location: Central London

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Course Session 2 
Duration  Up to 3 hrs

 DESIGN 

Session preparation

This important second session will be about your CAD design which must be ready for the tutor to review because you will be discussing how this design may or may not work as you expect, in costing and as a viable / effective master model.

IMPORTANT: This session assumes you have some basic knowledge of CAD Rhino software for design so that you can produce a CAD design for review, however if you have no CAD Design experience you may make an arrangement to outsource your CAD design to the tutor.

For this option additional costs will apply that are paid direct to the tutor, who will provide a quote for the cost of the design.

You must researched manufacturing methods (as discussed in your previous session)and costs have decided which method of manufacture you have chosen.

 

During this session, your tutor will make suggestions to help you address any design issues affecting viable costing that have arisen during your manufacturing costing research.

 

Outcome

After the course session you will have received suggestions for making your design more viable, enabling you to make changes* and re-visit the costing of your manufacturing process.

 

*OPTIONAL EXTRA

Separately to this course session you may make an arrangement to outsource your CAD design revisions to the tutor if you wish. You pay the tutor directly for any design work they undertake on your behalf.

Tutor Option &
Course Location
Tutor Images & Experience

Jack R |

Location: Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

Sebastian P |

Location: Central London

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Course Session Fee
£295 GBP

Vat Not applicable

Course Session 3 
Duration: Up to 2.5 hrs

PRE-MANUFACTURE

This session is designed to help you finalise manufacturing decisions/details so that the next stage of production is  ready to start.

 

Session preparation

With your CAD Design now complete and revised according to your aesthetic and financial constraints and industry practical/technical guidelines for model making you will;

  • Discuss your final manufacturing research findings, obtain guidance about any issues arising and decide how to get started on the next stage of manufacture.

  • Review your costings and profit potential and obtain guidance on areas that may be improved

  • Discuss material (Metal) issues or options

  • Discuss how to test the method of manufacture before committing to full production

  • Finishing – Decide what needs to done to make the finished product ready for the retail market and discuss cost implications and/or outsourcing options.

 

Outcome

At the end of this consultancy session you should have a clear plan for manufacturing and be able to get started immediately with your chose manufacturing processes on your own initiative.

Tutor Option &
Course Location
Tutor Images & Experience

Jack R |

Location: Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

Sebastian P |

Location: Central London

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Course Session Fee
£230 GBP

Vat Not applicable

Course Session 4 
Duration: Up to 3 hrs
Course Session Fee
£295 GBP

Vat Not applicable

POST-MANUFACTURE

This consultancy session has been designed to help you over-come any quality issues that may have arisen during the manufacturing process and discuss the possibilities for a solution by revisiting the CAD design or outsourcing finishing in order to refine your rapid prototyping business model.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Session Preparation

Bring along your unfinished the cast master model of your project design.

Agenda: 

  • Discuss quality issues that may have arisen during your manufacturing process and what the possibilities for a solution by revisiting the CAD design.

  • Decide on a finishing process : How and who

  • Obtain tips for dealing with supplier and retailers.

  • Project overview - Discuss any changes that may be needed to your future rapid prototyping business model.

 

Outcome

Through the journey of this live project you will have created a business model for small scale jewellery manufacturing by obtaining an understanding of the processes and possibilities and made useful links with industry professionals who can to assist your future manufacturing projects.

your future rapid prototyping business model.

Tutor Option &
Course Location
Tutor Images & Experience

Jack R |

Location: Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

Sebastian P |

Location: Central London

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