Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  CPD wideformat course

Lasercut Jewellery


led by: Sarah Barnes



This introduction to laser cut jewellery design is perfect for creative individuals who already create jewellery but are looking at ways of developing their practice. Laser cutting is used as a creative tool by many different artists and designers and is becoming increasingly popular for making different types of jewellery. It can be used to design and cut intricate, delicate forms and multiples out of a variety of materials.   The first part of the course will focus on how to design cut ready files for cutting and engraving using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, how to set up and use the laser cutting software Aps Ethos, and how to use the laser cutters.

The second part of the course will allow you to experiment and develop your own jewellery projects using a wide range of materials. Exciting and innovative jewellery designs can be made in a short space of time and what you make depends on your imagination! Metal cannot be cut on our Laser Cutters but you are free to experiment with materials such as wood, acrylic, paper and textiles.   You don’t need any previous laser cutting experience, however some experience with jewellery is essential. You are most welcome to bring your own laptops if you have Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.   A selection of basic materials such as card, paper and MDF wood will be provided but if you wish to cut any other materials, please bring these along.  

Course Tutor

Sarah Barnes joined the Centre for Fine Print Research in July 2013 as a technician in our laser cutting bureau. Sarah completed her M.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England in June 2012. She has 6 years of Laser Cutting experience, with an extensive knowledge of materials appropriate to laser cutting including wood, plastics, papers and textiles. Sarah is also skilled in relevant processes such as print and pattern design, which are often used in combination with laser cutting technology.


Maximum 8 participants