Jewellery Summer School for Beginners

Beginner

Learn all the fundamentals of jewellery making in this fun intensive 4 day Jewellery Summer School. This course is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design. No previous experience is required, however, your tutor can absolutely help you build upon your existing skillset over these four days if you do have prior design or jewellery making experience.

 

Course Skill Level:

For those starting out on their jewellery making journey!


course details

  • $495 inc GST
  • 4 days - 24 hours tuition
  • Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.00pm


What a fantastic course. Emily is a very skilled teacher and the workshop has all the equipment you need.

— Michelle - Summer School 2018 Student


ABOUT THE COURSE

The Jewellery Summer School is perfect if  you want to learn how to hand-make silver jewellery from scratch. Over 4 intensive days students are introduced to jewellery making in our funky warehouse which is home to 12 contemporary jewellers. In the Jewellery Summer School students learn  all the techniques they need to design and create a sterling silver ring as well as another project such as earrings or a pendant.

What You'll Learn

What do students learn?

Metal cutting – students are taught how to saw-pierce metal using professional jewellery saw frames

How to size your ring

Texturing and stamping – whether it’s a hammered texture, or stamping with letter stamps on metal, we have a range of tools for students to experiment with

Roller printing – learn how to impress directly on to metal using a specialist rolling mill. Print with feathers, leaves, fabric, art papers, hand cut stencils and much more

Soldering – using special jewellery torches students learn how to anneal and solder metal to join the silver together to make a ring band

Drilling

Forming metal – how to shape and dome metal

Finishing – learn how to file and use emery paper to give your ring a final finish

Patinate – use our special blackening compound to highlight parts of your design

What do students make?

A copper ring as a sample.

A sterling silver ring

Another piece of jewellery, ie ring, pendant or earrings, that you will design after discussion with the tutor

CLASS SIZE

To ensure that students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students.


Practicalities

What is included?

Base metal sheet and wire

Sterling silver for your first ring

All the consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades, emery paper and drill bits) as well as all the hand tools and equipment you need.

Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits

What do you need to bring

A notebook and pen/pencil

An apron

Covered shoes

Your ideas and creativity

Safety

We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg. All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Our Tutors

Why choose a jewellery making course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design.

Emily Copp

Meet your tutor

Emily is a Sydney based creative who works with diverse materials and technologies. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her works which include jewellery forms and tableware objects within her practice.

She is a resident artist and director at SquarePeg Studios alongside teaching various classes both in SquarePeg Studio's classroom and at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus.

 
“I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”

Emily Copp 'Boundless' 18k white gold and Australian Parti Sapphire
Erin Keys

Meet your tutor

Contemporary jeweller Erin Keys creates graphic works based on ideas in mark making, using traditional jewellery making techniques and laser cutting technology. Her practice involves developing work for exhibition, production and sale. Living in Bosnia Herzegovina 2006-2008, Erin taught creative workshops to Romani children before joining the JamFactory’s Metal Design Studio. After completing the 2 year tenure Erin spent 10 months at Australia's iconic Gray Street Workshop; an invaluable residency in her career and personal development. Moving to Sydney in 2010 she joined SquarePeg Studios, a workshop for emerging and established jewellers to work together in a creative and supportive environment, where she is an active tenant, mentor and teacher. As a Design Developer at Dinosaur Designs, a manufacturer of homewares and jewellery, Erin worked in a small team developing and prototyping designs. 


I really enjoyed the course. It's amazing what you can do in seven weeks. From a complete beginner to two wonderful pieces of jewellery! Emily was a patient and enouraging teacher. All round great experience. Thanks Emily, I really enjoyed the course - and still look at my pieces in amazement!

— Ellen, Happy Student


Jewellery Summer School for Beginners

  • $495 inc GST
  • Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.00pm

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QUESTIONS?

Need more info?  We're happy to hear from you.


Directors: Emily on 0402 697 557 or Kim on 0407 803 003