Unit of competency details

CUVJWL401A - Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUAJWL401 - Experiment with techniques to produce jewelleryUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages and clarify intent. Minor edits to performance criteria. 14/Jan/2016
Supersedes and is equivalent to CUVVSP28B - Research and experiment with techniques to produce jewelleryThis unit replaces CUVVSP28B Research and experiment with techniques to produce jewellery. 26/Sep/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 27/Sep/2011

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100307 Jewellery Making 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100307 Jewellery Making 12/Apr/2012 
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Modification History




This version first released with CUV11 Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package version 1.0

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to proactively experiment and innovate with various jewellery-making techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

Application of the Unit

People with a command of jewellery-making techniques apply the skills and knowledge in this unit. They often produce work at a pre-professional level for sale in a range of outlets, such as markets and fairs.

At this level, work is undertaken independently with supervision and guidance as required.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content


Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Develop proficiency with a range of jewellery-making techniques and media

1.1. Evaluate the potential for new approaches to jewellery making based on capabilities of techniques  already used

1.2. Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment  and materials  to achieve different effects

1.3. Extend  the capabilities of jewellery-making techniques through experimentation

1.4. Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations  for different techniques and media

2. Develop ideas for jewellery

2.1. Articulate creative and other goals for jewellery work

2.2. Research , adapt and use relevant ideas  and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

2.3. Apply knowledge of different jewellery-making techniques to inform ideas

2.4. Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other

2.5. Consider the professional potential  and other criteria  for work when developing ideas

2.6. Refine  and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others

3. Organise jewellery-making resources

3.1. Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work

3.2. Research and access potential sources of supply  for jewellery-making resources

3.3. Evaluate cost and other constraints  that impact on the development of work

3.4. Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations  for finished jewellery

3.5. Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements

4. Create finished jewellery

4.1. Create jewellery, using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation

4.2. Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work

4.3. Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of jewellery

4.4. Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it

5. Evaluate own jewellery work

5.1. Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution

5.2. Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development

5.3. Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • discuss ideas and techniques in own work
  • create a record of the jewellery work
  • initiative and enterprise skills to:
  • experiment with techniques to enhance final jewellery
  • apply critical thinking and analytical skills when developing ideas for jewellery
  • learning skills to:
  • refine and improve a range of techniques
  • evaluate quality of own work and identify ways to enhance own practice
  • literacy skills to undertake research about the work of other jewellery makers and other arts practitioners
  • numeracy skills to:
  • evaluate resource costs
  • calculate material requirements
  • planning and organising skills to plan work tasks and resources
  • problem-solving skills to identify and resolve technical and conceptual issues in jewellery-making work
  • technology skills to use the internet as a research tool.

Required knowledge 

  • role of experimentation in developing and refining ideas for jewellery making and how this relates to the development of an individual style or voice
  • ways to adapt, extend and combine the capabilities of a wide range of jewellery-making materials and techniques
  • physical properties and capabilities of an extended range of materials and tools used in jewellery making
  • characteristics of different materials under different treatments and the potential of these characteristics to achieve different effects
  • formal elements and principles of design and how they may be used, adapted and challenged in jewellery-making work
  • research methodologies used by artists
  • historical and theoretical contexts for jewellery making and how they may be used to inform individual practice
  • sources of raw, part-processed and processed jewellery-making materials
  • sources of other resources needed in a professional jewellery-making practice
  • intellectual property issues and legislation to be considered by independent arts practitioners
  • sustainability considerations for the professional operation of a jewellery-making practice
  • OHS requirements for the set-up and operation of jewellery-making work space.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • develop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation
  • produce multiple finished jewellery items or a single major work that demonstrate a command of techniques
  • apply knowledge of jewellery-making techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined
  • use safe and sustainable work practices.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • equipment, materials and tools used to produce jewellery.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • evaluation of technical execution of work pieces produced by the candidate
  • direct observation of jewellery making in progress, including exploration of, and experimentation with, techniques
  • questioning and discussion about candidate’s intentions and the work outcome
  • review of portfolios of evidence
  • review of third-party reports from experienced practitioners.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy) and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Techniques  may include:

  • anodising
  • binding
  • casting
  • champlevé
  • cloisonné
  • embossing
  • enamelling
  • engraving
  • etching
  • fabrication
  • forging
  • fusion
  • granulation
  • grinding
  • lathe work
  • mould making
  • patination
  • plique-a-jour
  • polishing and finishing
  • pressing and forming
  • reticulation
  • soldering
  • stone setting
  • a combination of techniques.

Tools and equipment  may include:

  • guillotine
  • hand drill and drill bits
  • hand tools:
  • brushes
  • burr
  • centre punch
  • clamps
  • files
  • hammers
  • knives
  • mallets
  • piercing saw and range of blades
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • scriber
  • snips
  • tongs
  • tweezers
  • jewellery bench
  • measuring devices
  • measuring tools
  • modelling tools and sets
  • needles
  • power tools, such as sander
  • protective clothing
  • specialised items for:
  • embossing
  • engraving
  • gluing
  • piercing
  • silversmithing
  • soldering
  • welding.

Materials  may include:

  • fabricated materials:
  • das
  • fabrics
  • fibres
  • fimo
  • metal objects
  • papier-mâché
  • plastic
  • twine
  • found objects
  • gem stones
  • metals:
  • brass
  • copper
  • guilding metal
  • pewter
  • silver
  • natural objects:
  • bones
  • clay
  • feathers
  • palm fronds
  • seeds
  • shells
  • twigs
  • vines
  • wood.

Extending  capabilities through experimentation involve:

  • exploring the full potential of the art form
  • innovation.

Safety and sustainability considerations  may include:

  • federal, state and territory legislation, regulations and standards
  • personal protection
  • recycling
  • safe disposal of waste.

Research  may involve:

  • approaching individuals with relevant expertise
  • attending lectures and talks
  • conducting material and technical experiments and tests
  • seeking out information in books, journals, newspapers
  • searching the internet
  • visiting exhibitions and museums.

Ideas  may be influenced by:

  • artistic aspirations
  • current capability with techniques
  • historical and theoretical contexts
  • subject matter or theme for the work, such as:
  • built environment
  • land and place
  • natural world
  • political, cultural and social issues
  • the body
  • spiritual concerns.

Intellectual property requirements  may relate to:

  • extent to which the work may be used
  • form of acknowledgement or credit
  • procedures for seeking permission to use the work of others, including systems for the administration of copyright
  • protocols for the adaptation of work by others.

Professional potential  may relate to:

  • cost of production
  • existence of an established market
  • how to promote or sell the work
  • market trends
  • professional development.

Criteria  may relate to:

  • client and user expectations
  • duration
  • environment in which textile work will be viewed
  • materials
  • quality of final product
  • techniques
  • timelines
  • tools.

Process followed to refine  ideas may include:

  • adjustment to take account of elements and principles of design
  • adjustment to subject matter or theme
  • adjustment to use extended capabilities of the technique.

Sources of supply  may include:

  • commercial outlets
  • found objects and materials
  • manufacturing or factory waste
  • nature.

Cost and other constraints  may relate to:

  • availability of materials and tools
  • budgeting
  • sponsorship
  • timeframe.

Presentation considerations  may include:

  • availability of space
  • cost
  • practical considerations
  • presentation context
  • timeframe.

Unit Sector(s)

Visual communication – jewellery