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Jewellers bench hire by the hour in Bristol


most Thursdays 9-2

Tuesdays Term time 9-12

Cost £15 hour


Aimee Winstone studios offers 6 benches with basic bench tools as well as Seivert soldering equipment, polishing motor, barrel polisher, micromotors, rolling mills, wax carving heat pens, wax carving tools, setters ball vise, Saeyang hammer-head setting tool, planishing press, ring stretcher, G clamp, potentially a draw bench. Light box for photography and DSLR Canon camera, Wifi, tea (or every kind), coffee and squash. Plenty of parking.


I would need to ask if you have experience of all tools or if training will be needed. Full health and Safety precautions will need to be followed. There could be a possibility to buy sundries and metal.


I do enjoy talking about jewellery and ideas, these sessions will not include tuition. I will be carrying out my own commissions and stock at the same time. 


About me:

I have 2 small children and often dread I talk about them too much. I also have a dog called Apple who is now 13. I often listen to radio X or some podcasts in the workshop.

Over the last 20 years I have won 8 jewellery design awards or scholarships. I have worked as designer for retail companies and manufacturing businesses focusing on high end jewellery right through to mass produced collections. I also have some knowledge of CAD and laser engraving.


About Hillside Studios

Hillside Studios is a lovely rural studio located minutes from the Cribbs Causeway M5 junction, Bristol. This creative venue supports 13 craftspeople, including pottery, stone masonry and painting.


Hillside Studios is located on gravelled farmland with steps to each studio, unfortunately, some people with mobility problems may find difficulty navigating the area. For this reason, it has no step-free access available.


Car: Hillside Studios is located not far from Wild Place Zoo, Easter Compton, Bristol, having your own transport is the best way to get there. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Cycling: Hillside Studios is on the National Cycle Route 410.

Buses: This is a trickier option. You can catch the number 1 and 2 buses from Central Bristol to Catbrain Lane, Cribbs Causeway. Click here for timetable info. From the bus stop, it is then a 30-minute pedestrian route, part of this walk is along country roads without pavements.

Buses 625 and 924 offer a closer service to Hillside Studios.


Laser welder training / hire by 1h or 1/2h in Bristol


most Thursdays 9am-2pm

Tuesdays Term time 9am-12pm

Cost is £20 for 1/2h and £30 for full hour. Discounts considered for a full day.


Dado Laser welder training/hire in Bristol by either 1/2h or full hour. 

The Dado laser welds gold, platinum, steel, palladium, with ease. Silver is more difficult.

You will be able to secure jump rings, fix porosity, resize rings, re-claw and re-tip efficiently and with precision.


Hire time includes access to laser welder and workbench with basic bench tools.  This is intended for someone who has experience on a laser welder but who does not want to purchase the machine and wants access to one on demand. 


Training is 1 to 1 so you would receive training at exactly your pace.  Laser welder hire with training is £80 per hour.  This is designed for someone who is at any level of experience repairing or making jewellery but does not have experience with laser welders.  If you’ve never used a laser welder before, you must have 1h training on it,  and then you can hire as little as 1/2h on your own any time you want.