Introduction to Jewellery – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Introduction to Jewellery

Introduction to Jewellery
Date: September 18 – November 13, 2023 (Mondays, 8 weeks)
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Instructor: Emily Dickinson
Fee: $171.60 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $197.34 plus HST (Non-Members)

Join in as we learn about the basic tools required to make jewellery. This class is aimed to make you the most comfortable with each tool by name and feel and use them to come out of the class with something wearable and the confidence to make more.

You will be introduced to basic jewellery techniques like sawing, texturing metal, drilling, polishing and finishing, as well as designing! Tools and initial supplies to complete a small design will be provided. (No class on October 9)

Please bring a sketchbook, pencil, safety glasses (if you have them), an N95 rated mask for dust and particles, and of course some inspiration!

Kit Fee – approximately $60 to $80

Kit Includes:
1 dozen saw blades
small piece of beeswax
piece of easy solder
piece of medium solder
2 feet of 20-gauge wire
2 feet of 14-gauge wire
1 foot of 16-gauge wire
one strip of 20-gauge sheet (10mm by 8mm)

*Students are expected to attend the first two classes as the instructor covers safety and proper use of tools. If you are unable to attend one of these classes, it is possible to book a private lesson with her at your cost.

Emily Dickinson is a local goldsmith who works at Inglis Jewellers in downtown Sydney. She studied in New Brunswick at The College of Craft and Design as well as The University of New Brunswick where she obtained her Applied Arts Degree. When she isn’t in the studio playing with gold and diamonds, she can be found cutting stones, rockhounding, gold panning, and doing generally anything that helps better her skills. Emily generally prefers repair work as she loves the challenge of fixing broken jewellery as well as the lack of paperwork, but also finds time for a few projects here and there in her spare time. She is still pretty new to Cape Breton but hopes to provide more classes in the future!

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email