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Open Workshop

About the Course

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Open Workshop sessions – A chance to use our space and tools to develop your skills at your own pace.

Includes use of the likes of:

  • Soldering equipment
  • Consumables such as solder, pickle, polish and emery papers etc.
  • Drill
  • Tumbler
  • Piercing saws
  • Sand blaster
  • Fly press
  • Hammers
  • 1000s of hand punches
  • Polisher and Sonic cleaner
  • Doming and forming blocks, silversmithing stakes and anvils.
  • WIFI, tea and coffee available.


This is a supportive, social space to create your own projects, bounce ideas off each other, gain confidence in your skills and use the workshop without having to buy all of the tools needed.


We do ask that you already have some jewellery making experience, either having attended one of our classes or be able to demonstrate basic safe ability within the workshop. A good way to reignite a passion, or begin to push yourself a bit further.


You will need to provide all of the metal you will require for your project, although we have a small supply (chargeable price per gram) we cannot guarantee we will have what you require. We recommend Cooksongold or Argex to purchase your metal (Please call and ask for Vicky if you need a little guidance on this).


You are welcome to bring along any of your own tools but we do ask that they be clearly labelled with your name.


Please note that these are not structured lessons although help is at hand as needed.


Your first session will include an induction.


These are trial dates, if they are to become popular we will run them on a monthly basis – please express future interest with suitable days/times to allow us to plan.

 Wednesday March 13th 6pm – 9pm   £46

 Saturday 15th June 9am – 1pm   £56


To book a place or for any questions, please phone 01548 830717 or email [email protected] 


*** We also have gift vouchers available if you would like to give this as a gift.***


Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

*NB. We can only accommodate students enrolled on the course to be in the building.


Your workshop will be run by our Silversmith Vicky –

Your tutor, Vicky, has been designing and making jewellery since 2012 when she studied at Penwith School of Art in Cornwall. The first tap of a hammer ignited a passion for jewellery making which has seen her complete a degree and set up her own small business. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed teaching the art of jewellery making at Bigbury Mint.



Where to find us –


Our Workshops are held at Bigbury Mint, Ermington – close to the towns of Ivybridge and Modbury and within easy driving distance of the local beaches and Dartmoor. There are plenty of pubs and cafes nearby to refresh and fill up before or after your class.

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On arrival at River Park Industrial Estate drive straight down the steep hill and you will find us near the end just behind ‘Westcountry Cookers’. Free parking is located in front of the building, please enter through the second door signposted ‘Jewellery Workshop Entrance’.



Clothing & Safety-


Your Safety is our priority: Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, aprons can be worn. No scarves, shorts, miniskirts/dresses as legs need to be covered and no flipflops, open-toed sandals or open-toed shoes are allowed in the workshop. Hair must be tied up. Safety googles are provided when needed.

It is advisable to wear a few layers as the temperature can fluctuate in the workshop.



Refreshments –


Tea, Coffee and Milk are provided during the course, and drinking water is available. Please bring anything else you may wish to drink (we do not usually have non-dairy milk so please bring your own if necessary). We do not allow alcohol nor the consumption of food in the workshop.



About Bigbury Mint –


Bigbury Mint has two distinct aspects to the business – Bigbury Mint Jewellery & Bigbury Mint Medals. Both operate from our traditional metal workshops in Devon and whilst the products for each are very different, much of the equipment, skills and techniques are common across the two sides of the business.

The jewellery side produces artisan jewellery and inspirational metal gifts, including necklace pendants, cufflinks, paperweights, christening spoons, earrings, brooches, and sculptures, which are sold through our shop in Ermington, via our website and through our Etsy and Folksy online shops. Most of our jewellery is made in solid silver (recycled 925 Eco Silver), some is made in copper and brass, and we have a range of unique heritage items made from recycled Cornish and Devon Tin ingots. We also provide jewellery-making classes covering a wide range of jewellery-making techniques.


The Medal side of the business is MOD licensed to make replica military medals and produces medals on commission for a very wide variety of organisations including Sandhurst Military Academy, Dartmouth Royal Naval College, the Royal Horticultural Society, East Midlands Ambulance Trust and many more. We also produce commemorative medals ranging from Bevin Boys Medals to Platinum Jubilee Medals – and our newest product will be a commemorative medal and medallion to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.


Terms and Conditions.

We will need you to pay for your course in full before booking is confirmed. Please note that full refunds can only given with a minimum of 30 days notice. If the notice is less than 30 days, we are sorry but you will not receive any refund for this course.

Call 01548 830717 or email [email protected]


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