Giovanni Corvaja gives private tuitions in his studio in the centre of Todi, a small historical town in central Italy, near Perugia.

These are intensive courses of five days for four people at a time. The workshop is fully equipped and spacious enough to fit four people at work comfortably. This number of students is optimal, as it is creatively stimulating and cost effective for the participants.

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The course is aimed at people with basic jewellery-making skills, at least.

The course is held in English or Italian.

Each student will obtain a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

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This course is aimed at goldsmiths who want to approach platinum and explore its great possibilities in depth.

Platinum is a rare and expensive material. Very often goldsmiths tend to avoid it or replace it in their designs with white gold. However, the qualities of this material are much more interesting than those of the various white gold alloys. Its resistance to oxidation, the high melting temperature, the colour, the malleability and the pleasant tactility allow one to create unique pieces that could not be made with other materials.


Due to the great compatibility of platinum with other elements, special materials must be used in the handling of this metal throughout all processes, including the ingot mould, the crucible and the soldering dish.

The focal points of the course are the following:

  1. The different proprieties of the alloys of platinum and their use

  2. Alloying platinum from the pure metals

  3. Melting small quantities of platinum

  4. Making platinum sheet or wire

  5. Stress releasing and annealing

  6. Forging

  7. Soldering

  8. Welding

  9. Cleaning and finishing the surfaces

  10. Possible combinations of platinum and other metals

  11. Possible aesthetic achievements through understanding of its qualities

  12. Re-melting scraps (this saves a lot of refining and processing costs)

  13. Where to purchase suitable equipment and materials

Each participant is asked to bring the following materials and equipment:

  1. A set of escapement files for platinum

  2. Tweezers

  3. A pair of dark, protective goggles for welding

  4. Some medium platinum solder

  5. A few grams (10 or more) of platinum, either pure or alloyed with copper or ruthenium.

  6. Piercing saw and fine saw blades (4/0)

  7. Pliers

  8. A bench hammer

  9. A set of basic hand tools

Each student will be supplied with an explanatory text with illustrative images and diagrams and a complete CD-ROM by Giovanni Corvaja.

Tool list Platinum.pdf



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