Form jewellery components

Business Sectors (Suites): Jewellery Manufacture, Silversmithing and Allied Trades
Developed by: Creative & Cultural Skills
Approved on: 14 Aug 2015


This standard covers the skills to produce jewellery using intermediate to advanced forming techniques such as drawing wire, using jigs, rolling mills and using pressed stampings.  You will work to instructions and follow designs using a range of hand tools and techniques appropriate to the type of material being used. You will produce jewellery with a range of wire types and sheet metals.

You will check the quality of your work, report any defects and seek guidance to rectify them, and to ensure that the finished work meets the given specification which may include timescales.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. select the forming techniques most suited to the specification in line with industry best practice
  2. form jewellery components using a range of methods in line with project needs
  3. produce jewellery items using a range of wire types in line with project needs
  4. produce jewellery using a range types of sheet metal in line with project needs
  5. avoid excessive waste of material in line with workplace instructions
  6. check components are dimensionally accurate, the forming is correct and there are no excessive marks visible in line with project needs
  7. seek support and guidance when problems arise in line with workplace instructions
  8. finish the completed components using techniques in line with the specification
  9. check the work for defects in line with project needs
  10. take action to rectify any defects detected in line with workplace instructions
  11. complete the work to the given specification in line with workplace instructions**

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. safety precautions to be taken when forming jewellery components
  2. how to measure accurately
  3. methods of creating three-dimensional forms
  4. heat treatment techniques in annealing
  5. how to use and select the joining tools and equipment
  6. suitable materials for making jigs or aids to creating forms
  7. how to avoid any unnecessary damage to material surfaces
  8. how to check finished work pieces for dimensional accuracy
  9. how to check for excessive marks, blemishes or stretch marks in the components
  10. who to ask for support and when to do so
  11. how to check that the joining meets the needs of the specification
  12. best practice in joining within chosen jewellery industry
  13. the importance of following the given specification and timescales
  14. common defects and ways to rectify these


​1.         Form jewellery components include:

    1. drawing wire
    2. using jigs
    3. rolling mills
    4. using pressed stampings
    5. pliers

2.         Types of wire:

    1. round
    2. square
    3. rectangular

3.         Types of sheet:

    1. flat sheet
    2. curved sheet
    3. concave, convex sheet

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Indicative Review Date

14 Aug 2018





Originating Organisation

Creative & Cultural Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Design Associate Professionals, Skilled Trades NEC

SOC Code



Jewellery; design; technique; production; components; component; wire; sheet; metal