Silver Clay Classes

Silver Clay is very similar to potters clay, it can be sculptured into many forms and shapes, but once fired when all the water and binder is removed you are left with 0.999 fine silver, it's unbelievable until you see it.

On the 17th March I was joined by Ann-Marie Perry and Kit Lee. Here are some pictures of what they made. Neither Ann or Kit had used Silver Clay before and both produced some nice pieces!

Ann-Marie's pendant

Kit's pendant & earrings

Made from a silicon mould

I demonstrated how to make jewellery using cutting tools and stencils, then moving on to making silicon moulds, replicating buttons etc.  We also looked at finishing with Liver of Sulphur to add colour and depth to the piece.

If you would like to experience working with Silver Clay please see our courses page for details. We have one day courses and 3 day courses available.


‘The Jewellery Maker’ Interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire – Day 2


Following on from yesterday's interview with BBC Radio Lancashire on the morning of the UK Budget 2012, Delia and Janet were interviewed again this morning to get their reaction to yesterday's Budget.

Overall it sounds like yesterday's Budget hasn't really done much to help small businesses in the UK, listen to the audio below to hear what Janet and Delia had to say this morning.


If you missed the first interview which was broadcast yesterday morning prior to the 2012 Budget, then you can hear it again below:

What did you think of yesterdays Budget, will it help you? Will it allow you to pursue more of your interests or make it more difficult from a financial point of view?




‘The Jewellery Maker’ Interviewed on Radio Lancashire about the 2012 UK Budget

the-jewellery-maker-delia-and-janetDelia and Janet were both interviewed live on Radio Lancashire this morning. The interview was broadcast live just after 8.00 this morning.

Radio Lancashire chose 'The Jewellery Maker' to interview, to find out how the UK budget could affect small businesses in Lancashire.

In addition to learning about the challenges of running a small business, Radio Lancashire were also keen to find out how the Budget affects there family lives.

You can hear the interview we did this morning by clicking the play button below (sorry the quality isn't great!):

The Budget will be being presented in Parliament as I'm writing this, so tomorrow morning Radio Lancashire will be interviewing Janet and Delia again to get their reaction to today's Budget.

If you're around in the morning then you can hear it sometime between 8.00am and 9.00am UK time.

Here's the link to the Radio Lancashire Website:

and if you click the link below you should be able to hear Radio Lancashire LIVE.

Let us know how the budget affects you, especially in terms of whether or not it will influence your decisions on how you spend your spare time and whether or not it affects you in terms of your interest in Jewellery Making.




September update

Our weekly classes are now underway and are going well, do enquire if you wish to join any of these.  We have 3 and 5 day

Delia and Janet

Intensive courses, and 1 day classes in Silver Clay, Beading and Make a ring or bangle courses on offer. Check out the relevant pages for dates and times.

If you have any questions of queries, please do drop us a line, you can email us using the contacts page. Or direct at or phone us on 01524 874033.

We look forward to welcoming you at 8-4-2 Harpers Mill, White Cross Industrial Estate, South Road, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ, on one of our courses.

Janet and Delia

5 Day Course Special Offer!

Hi everyone,

Just to remind you that we have a 5 day course coming up on the 19th - 23rd September and the 17th - 21st October.

Accommodation can be arranged by us, or you are free to make your own arrangements.

We will start each day at 10am, where were we will spend the morning teaching you, helping with design work, and then in the afternoon you will be let loose to create your designs in the afternoon.

Weather permitting, we will venture out for a day, where you can take photos, collect natural objects and generally be inspired to come back and design fantastic pieces of jewellery.

We are offering this course with a £200 discount, at £295!!  And in addition to this great saving we are offering a silver starter kit worth £62, as featured in Making Jewellery Magazine.  This free gift will include,  10g Silver Clay, Silver Sheet, Silver wire etc.

Great savings and a great week!!  You will meet new people, make new friends, enjoy a trip out, make beautiful jewellery, and hopefully be inspired to keep making  for years to come!

Get in touch if you would like more information, or to book your place!

Best wishes

Janet and Delia

01524 874033

Student feedback

We have had some lovely feedback and comments from some of our students that have attended our courses, here are a few;

"Delia! thankyou so much for making Larraine and I so welcome on saturday. I've never made any kind of jewellery before but with your help and patience we were really pleased with our handy work. It was a fab day with a lovely group of girls, one who went shopping for chocolate a lunch time them force feed us some on her return ha ha.We will be seeing you again soon and bringing freinds with us".

"Hello Delia,
I'm just mailing to say thankyou for such an enjoyable day at your silver clay class on Saturday.I'm not on facebook so cannot "like" or "comment". I would like to attend again in the future and I am back at work tomorrow so I can look in my diary at my rota as Tuesday afternoons sound appealing.
I shall wear my pendant with pride and reccommend your course.
I wish you both success in your venture( and start charging upfront)you are obviously commited to providing a friendly and welcoming experience.
Hoping to see you again soon"

"Thanks again for today, it was brilliant".

It is always good to hear positive feedback and to know that people have really enjoyed making and creating their own jewellery. Some of the design ideas are amazing! Photos from our recent silver clay class will be on the Silver Clay page shortly. Take a look and let us know what you think!


The Jewellery Maker – October 2010

Two local business women and keen silversmiths have joined forces to open a new jewellery making facility at White Cross Industrial Estate in Lancaster.

The Jewellery Maker runs one-day events, courses and workshops in silver jewellery making, silver clay, beading, casting and stone setting. The courses are targeted to an individual’s particular skills from the beginner right up to the accomplished jewellery maker. The facilities are also available on an hourly basis at drop in workshops, for more experienced silversmiths who no longer need tuition.

The premises include professional work stations equipped with all the tools required to produce beautiful hand made jewellery. Silver, beads, silver clay and stones can be purchased at very competitive prices and are usually bought on a project-by-project basis. There is also a facility for students to display and sell items they have made.

The courses will be taught by Janet Fraser, a jeweller with many years experience. “I have been designing and creating jewellery for over 15 years and I’m really excited about this new venture,” Janet says. “Our aim is to teach the traditional methods of jewellery making using original techniques. We want to provide a friendly meeting place for people to come and unleash their creativity. I’m looking forward to being able to pass on some of my enthusiasm to others and providing a happy and friendly atmosphere to work and learn in.”

The person behind the idea for The Jewellery Maker is Delia Hamer who established  a successful local ironing business, Ion, in 2005.  She now concentrates all her energies and time to The Jewellery Maker.

“I became interested in silver jewellery making three years ago and joined a friend on the jewellery making class at The Adult College.  Her passion for jewellery making grew and she decided to look for premises to set up a business in  jewellery industry.  She heard that the unit next door to Ion was becoming available because a silversmith was moving out so I approached Janet and The Jewellery Maker was born. It must be fate!”


Welcome to The Jewellery Maker

Welcome to The Jewellery Maker, a friendly meeting place for anyone wanting to learn or develop their skills in jewellery making.  Come and join one of our courses, learn a new hobby, make new friends and unleash your creativity.  It’s great fun!

We offer courses in Silver Smithing, Silver Clay, Wirework, Macrame and Beading.  Our courses are targeted to your particular skills, whether you’re a beginner, or a more accomplished jewellery maker looking for suitable facilities to design and make your pieces.

We offer professional, well-equipped work stations and provide all the tools you need, to produce beautiful hand made jewellery.

 "Helping you bring your creative ideas to life".