Make a Pendant in a Day – Formed with the Hydraulic Press

Beginner to Advanced

A one day workshop in which students make a unique pressed metal pendant using the hydraulic press.

Course Skill Level:

Perfect for those with jewellery experience and those starting out on their jewellery making journey.

course details

  • $185 inc GST
  • All day session
  • Saturday 10am tp 4pm

Emily explains why you do each step, rather than just what to do, so I fell like I've learned more and will remember the processes.

— Megan, Happy Student


Make a Pendant in a Day – Formed with the Hydraulic Press workshop explores the foundations of forming and texturing metal using the hydraulic press. Students learn how to use non-conforming and matrix dies – the ‘moulds’ from which your hydraulically pressed forms are created. We will also explore using the hydraulic press for the application of decorative textural elements.

What is the Hydraulic Press

The Hydraulic Press is an invaluable tool which has the capacity to exert great pressure upon materials with minimal surface damage. Commonly used throughout modern industrial processes, jewellers and metal smiths can also take advantage of the compressional force of the hydraulic press to form metal at a smaller scale. First patented in 1795, the press is hardly a new tool, but it still has the power to revolutionise your forming practice. Through the application of traditional metalsmithy principles dynamic forms can be created using the super human strength of the hydraulic press in a fraction of the time – with no hammering required!

What You'll Learn

What students learn

How to use the Hydraulic Press – Learn how to use this powerful metal  forming tool, relevant technical terms and OH&S considerations.

Understanding of tools and materials – needed to continue working with die fabrication for use with the hydraulic press.

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

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

What you will make

Students will leave with a unique, wearable piece of their own creation and a good understanding of the Hydraulic Press.


What is included

Prefabricated dies

Aluminium and copper sheet for use with your dies

The use of all tools and consumables

Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits for morning and afternoon tea

What to bring

A notebook and pen/pencil

An apron

Covered shoes

Metal you may wish to use in the press

Your ideas and creativity!


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.

Meet your tutor

Emily works with traditional jewellery making techniques along with embracing new technologies. For example, she often utilizes 3D printing in her designs or forming with the hydraulic press as a complement to traditional processes. She completed her Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at the Design Centre Enmore (SIT), after having previously run her own business. Emily is passionate about all things jewellery and loves the scope for constant learning which it provides.

Emily has shown work in many group exhibitions as well as presenting her work solo. Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her works which meander through the design and creation of both jewellery forms and tableware objects within her practice.

I've done courses elsewhere where we seem to only skim the surface, but this was right into the practical detail from the start and I left feeling confident to be able to work further on my own at home.

— Kim Littleton, Happy Student

Make a Pendant in a Day – Formed with the Hydraulic Press

  • $185 inc GST
  • Saturday 10am tp 4pm

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