Our classes will be going live 31st March 2020, in the meantime you can sign up with the coupon below to receive 20% discount in our pre-launch sale. Please remember to use the coupon code, unfortunately refunds cannot be given if you forget to enter the code.
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Our classes will be in an on-demand video format so you can watch them whenever it suits you - no need to worry about fitting your schedule around us. You'll also be able to download and print all our handouts for reference right at your workbench.
Each class will come with downloadable detailed lists of tool and material requirements and we'll even include our favourite suppliers in there too! Including for all those luscious gemstones.
Whilst we aim to keep our classes waffle-free and as to the point as possible, we can't promise not to go off on tangents exploring techniques and ideas, but hopefully as an artist you'll understand that.
We hope you're going to love our classes as much as we enjoy making them. But more than that, we hope to see you kick some serious ass as you work through the projects here. Don't forget to share your successes and even your failures on our students-only Facebook page. We want to be with you in the good times and the bad.
Welcome aboard guys - Let's do this!!!
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades - size 2/0 and 4/0
- Two sets of pliers – flat nose and chain nose will work great
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Flex shaft
- 1mm and 0.7mm drill bits
- 1.3mm drill bit / ball bur / bud bur
- Double sided tape or rubber cement (basically kiddie glue – not a glue stick)
- 18-gauge round wire in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
- 18 or 20-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.
We try to be as helpful as possible and we hope that this list will be useful in getting you started. But please be aware that in order to keep class costs low, and because of the potential volume of such queries, we cannot respond to any emails asking about required materials, tools or how to go about using such tools. The details will be covered extensively in our classes, and we recommend that you don't purchase tools and materials before we have the chance to show you all the incredible possibilities.
When I started out on my metalsmithing journey over 12 years ago, saw piercing was a struggle. My lines weren’t straight, my corners were arcs rather than corners and the star that I attempted to pierce out on my 3rd try looked more like an alien than anything else. My tutor’s answer was “it’s just practice”. To an extent she was right, but as I didn’t know what I was supposed to be practicing – other than moving my saw blade up and down, I was at a loss and stuck with alien-like jewellery for much longer than a self-respecting jeweller should.
And so, I practiced and researched. About a year after my first try I started taking classes with real masters, and gradually my piercing got pretty good. I started from then on to work very mindfully, slowly starting to formulate these little rules in my mind that needed to be followed to make the seemingly impossible possible. Those are what I would like to share with you.
Today in our Kuala Lumpur studio, these rules are taught on the first day of class and result in my total newbie students' piercing works I could have never dreamed of when I first picked up a jeweller’s saw, but don’t just take my word for it, give it a go yourself!
Full video instructions on how to make a modern saw pierced pendant including polishing and finishing, and making jump rings
Full downloadable handouts explaining step by step the project, together with a problem-solving section
Downloadable tools and materials list
Downloadable suppliers list
Tool making videos
16 royalty-free designs for you to use and sell!
Access to students-only Facebook group
Explanation of the basic jewellers tools
Understanding metal thickness
Laying out the design
Using and making a centerpunch
Using a flex shaft / pendant motor to drill holes and enlarge holes
Loading a blade into a jewellers saw and using the correct size blade
Saw piercing and using a saw blade as a file
Cleaning up and polishing detailed piercing work by hand
Using sandpaper effectively and making sandpaper sticks
Making and cutting jump rings by hand
We want every single student who signs up to not only complete the project, but do it with confidence! We appreciate that everyone learns differently, so not only are our lessons delivered through high quality video tutorials, they're also supported by full written handouts including detailed instructions, extensive infographics and high quality close up photographs.
And if that isn't enough, we've got your back with a students-only Facebook page where you can enjoy the community that comes with taking a class - and where we'll be checking in daily. If you find yourself in a pickle, help is just a click away! It's also a great way to show off some of your own designs too - go ahead and brag away, we just love to see how you're doing!
Confidence building, easy to follow, step by step lessons. If you fail that's because we failed you
Short and direct to the point lessons, we know you're tight on time, we won't waste it with waffle!
Support and feedback through our students-only Facebook group. We won't let you struggle alone
How often can I watch the videos?
If you purchase the course, you can watch the videos as many times as you like for a 1-year period.
Do I need specialist tools and equipment for this class?
Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a tool list for you to view at the beginning of the course.
Can I download the videos?
The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.
Can I download the handouts?
Absolutely you can! It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.
I haven't done any metalwork before, is this a good place to start?
This class is the perfect place to start!
Will I get a certificate
Upon submission of final assignment you will receive a certificate.
Do the videos have subtitles?
Unfortunately not, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.
Can I just purchase the handouts?
We only offer the courses as a package.
Gemologist, artisan, entrepreneur and educator, Lucy Walker has studied, worked and travelled all over the world, pursuing her dreams in jewellery design.
Born in Sheffield, England, she moved to Manila at the age of 21 to study at the Gemology Institute of America. By 23, she was studying metal-smithing and working in fine-jewellery in New York City. At 28, she returned to her home in England to secure a degree in jewellery design from the prestigious Birmingham City University School of Jewellery before accepting a job with Australia's largest and oldest pearling company, Paspaley, and relocating to Darwin.
Then, in 2015, her globetrotting came to an end, when she moved to Kuala Lumpur, the city she now calls home, to take up a jewellery design teaching position at Raffles College. Two years later, driven by a desire to establish a modern, relevant curriculum for jewellery design and a creative community in which makers and designers of all levels can feel at home, she established The Academy at Lucy Waker Jewellery.
The Academy is unique in that it specializes in short, modular courses to help artisans build a bespoke set of skills to further their own individual passion for making jewellery, with a focus on talent sharing and growing together. In 2019, The Academy launched an online learning portal to allow more students to join the community.
In her free time, Lucy continues to travel, observing and learning from goldsmiths, gemologists and metal-smiths around the world and picking up beautiful gems along the way for her private clients. Lucy is married to her business partner Shaun Terence Teo and under her workbench you'll usually find her CrossFit gear, her running shoes and her other partners in crime, her dogs, Leonard, Lola and Howie.