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Novus Jewellery Design Studio - Learn the age old craft of jewellery manufacturing and design. Work with copper, silver and gold - We teach you how! Jewellery Classes, Pretoria, South Africa - Novus Jewellery Design Studio specialises in teaching you how to manufacture and design your own silver and gold jewellery. Daily classes and weekend workshops. We also supply a wide verity of jewellery manufacturing tools and equipment for beginners as well as accomplished jewellers. jewellery classes, jewellery lessons, weekend workshops, jewellery workshops, classes, metalsmithing, metal smith, jewellery lessons, jewelry workshops, jewellery design, silver jewelry making, jewelery, jewelery design, jewelery designer, jewelery designers, jewelery designs, jewellers, jewellery, jewellery course, jewellery courses, jewellery designer, jewellery making, jewellery making courses, jewellery manufacturing
  Novus Jewellery Design Studio - Learn the age old craft of jewellery manufacturing and design. Work with copper, silver and gold - We teach you how! Jewellery Classes, Pretoria, South Africa - Novus Jewellery Design Studio specialises in teaching you how to manufacture and design your own silver and gold jewellery. Daily classes and weekend workshops. We also supply a wide verity of jewellery manufacturing tools and equipment for beginners as well as accomplished jewellers. jewellery classes, jewellery lessons, weekend workshops, jewellery workshops, classes, metalsmithing, metal smith, jewellery lessons, jewelry workshops, jewellery design, silver jewelry making, jewelery, jewelery design, jewelery designer, jewelery designers, jewelery designs, jewellers, jewellery, jewellery course, jewellery courses, jewellery designer, jewellery making, jewellery making courses, jewellery manufacturing  
 

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The following is a listing of the most common and frequently asked questions regarding our jewellery classes. Read through them and if you find that your question is not be addresses, please ask us by clicking here. You never know, maybe someone else has the same question ... :)
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How soon can I start?
Go to our Contact us page, and just give us a call on +27 (0)12 332 5850 or send an e-mail stating when you would like to start, and we will check availability in that time slot and get back to you right there and then.

Please Note: You will not be allowed access to Novus Jewellery Design Studio without an appointment / prior arrangement with Sunette – 083 450 7486

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How old must you be to do jewellery?
This question has 2 answers ... permit me to explain.

1.) There is no age limit when learning how to make beautiful jewellery in silver and gold. In fact, the earlier you can start, the better. A lot of the techniques used in jewellery manufacture is fairly simple to understand, but takes a lot of practice to master.

2.) With that said, we have made a decision and prefer to teach people between 16 and 70 years old , but have made exceptions in the past (our eldest student to date is 79 ). Some of the materials and equipment we use are hazardous if not used / operated correctly. We teach you how to work with gas flame torches, acids, flexi shaft drills, buffing machines, etc. and therefore prefer to stick to a minimum age of 16 years.

We do however offer a lot of workshops where a specific technique is taught, many of them "Kid Friendly".

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How will I know if this is for me?
From experience we can tell you that you will know, the first time you pick up a jewellers saw and start sawing, if this is for you.  But generally, if you like working with your hands, and don't mind getting them a bit dirty, you would definitely enjoy it. The thrill you get from creating a beautiful piece of jewellery can not be surpassed. The best of all, the satisfaction when friends and family ask you where you got that beautiful piece of jewellery, and you smugly answer: "I made it myself!".

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How do I get to the Studio?
We have added a map that you can download by clicking here. We have also included driving directions to the studio on our contact us page. Click here to go to the contact us page.

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What equipment do you have?
Our studio is well equipped for general jewellery making.  We have everything you will need to melt your own metal, make your own plate and wire;  Hammer, dome, punch and shape any piece of metal;  Sand, file and polish just about anything. We do teach wax carving and we are equipped to do large volume castings.  

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How long is the class?
Any of our classes during the week is 2 hours long.  We are quite strict on timing and classes start and end promptly.  If you are not able to attend a booked class, you can catch up that class within the month of missing it. 

Our Workshops are generally 4 - 5 hours long and you should be able to complete your project in that time.

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What will I make and learn in my first class?
You will make a basic wedding band in copper.  Learn how jewellers measure and make a ring to size, then start to saw, anneal and bend a flat sheet of copper.  Soldering skills teach you how to keep the two ends together.  Using a ring mandrel or triblet and a rawhide mallet you will learn how to shape the ring  into a perfectly round shape.

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Are the tools I need expensive?
They are not cheap, but because they are jewellers quality, they should last you a lifetime.  We give each new student a list of basic tools and show them what each one looks like and what it does. 

We have a small "shop" on the premises, stocked with all the basic consumables like saw blades, drill bits and sandpaper etc.  You can also buy all your jewellery tools directly from us.

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