A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke laser cut statement necklace, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself.
Our 1 day laser cutting courses are a perfect introduction to laser cutting, and with computer-aided design kept to a minimum, you will make something personal and unique, quickly and easily. You will begin by choosing some pieces from our wide selection of laser cut ‘blanks’. Using these to plan your design, you will lay out your chosen length of chain and begin to build your statement necklace, experimenting with shape combinations and spacing.
When your design is complete, you will then select your acrylic colours and we will begin to cut the pieces you need on the laser cutter. Full guidance is given throughout, and all the necessary tools are provided.
Once all your pieces are ready, you will spend the afternoon assembling your necklace, attaching the necessary rings and clasps before boxing it up and taking your creation home.
If your preferred dates are not available and you can round up a friend please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you on a bespoke course. For an additional charge we can offer a one-to-one session, subject to availability of dates. To buy a gift voucher for a course click here.
The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.
Choosing shapes and materials
Working with pre-cut shapes, we will lay out the design of your necklace and consider materials and colour combinations
At this stage we can prototype to check sizes before moving on to cutting - some go for a large statement necklace, others choose a smaller, more subtle design.
Lunch is homemade soup and homemade bread. Delicious and nutritious!
Using the laser cutter
After cutting the separate parts out, we now glue and assemble your piece - with sterling silver necklace chain and rings, use jewellery pliers to put everything together
Assemble your piece, wrap up in a jewellery box - or wear it home!
Images From The Course
Hi, I'm Kris and I run the laser cutting courses here at Shore Cottage Studio. As well as running the courses, I often work on private commissions, which can include anything from trophies and awards, framed paper artworks, badges and necklaces, board game tokens, rubber stamps - we even etched a flock of birds into our studio floor.
I produce my own artwork here in the studio using laser cut feathers and driftwood - I like to work with feathers from native birds wherever possible, such as pigeons, jays, pheasants and gulls, but will sometimes obtain more exotic varieties if I want to introduce some vibrant colour. The driftwood is found on Thurstaston Beach, and can be anything from bright turquoise to dulled brown - the paint is often flaky, with rust marks from nails and screws, and provides a contrast for the feathers.
Whenever I'm working on a new design of my own, I will always start with a very rough sketch, and then work right through to a detailed finished piece, so even if all you have is half an idea of something you want to make, that's enough - I can work with you to produce something amazing that you'll be proud of.
Compared to other laser cutting courses, I only work with very small groups, so nothing is rushed - you'll have plenty of time to learn the process at your own pace, and produce lots of samples to take away with you. I've owned and operated several different types of laser cutter, and while all machines are slightly different, the basic principles are the same, so at the end of the course you'll be much more at ease using laser cutters.
"Kris has shown me the potential with imagination and passion - it was nice to have had this introduction to lasers from a true craftsman."
"Kris was a brilliant teacher who really tailored the course to our needs."
At the Checkout page, after adding your details, you can choose to pay either the full amount or a non-refundable deposit (20% of your basket total). If you choose this option, you will receive a reminder email for the remaining amount about a week before your course date. If you wish to pay the remainder before the reminder email reaches you, please contact us at studio@ShoreCottageStudio.com and we will send you a payment link.
You can make payments to us either by paying with your debit or credit cards, a direct bank transfer, or you can even post us a cheque. You can use a gift voucher or vouchers as full or part payment for any course, just add your coupon code(s) where prompted in your basket or at the checkout.
Who Is This Course For?
- I really want to try laser cutting, and I think a 1 day course would be best for me
- I would like a simple project to work towards
- I would like to make 1 finished piece of jewellery rather than try out lots of different things
- I'm not too good with computers, so I think working with basic shapes would be more suitable for me
- I would like to keep computer design to a minimum and instead focus on making a beautiful necklace
Who Is This Course Not For?
- I want to spend more than 1 day learning all about the laser cutter, materials, suppliers, different settings and different effects
- I want to experiment with lots of ideas and lots of different materials
- I want to learn all about the laser cutter and how the machine is setup
- I don't wear any jewellery, especially not necklaces
"Massive thanks to Kris for helping me make a beautiful laser cut necklace - I’m obsessed with it! I had such a great time making it and can’t wait to come back and make something else soon"
"I would totally recommend the course to anyone wanting to create beautiful projects using a range of materials in an amazing setting with fabulous creative people."
"I am really amazed and pleased with my necklace. Kris was incredible during the process. I do feel that you let it be my design whilst guiding me through the technical process."