Beginners – Jewellery Making Course


Our Beginners – Jewellery Making Course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of jewellery making and design. Over seven weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to make your own silver ring. All tools and base metals are provided, as well as a strip of silver. No previous experience in design or jewellery making is required.

Course Skill Level:

For those starting out on their jewellery making journey!

course details

  • $365 inc GST
  • 7 sessions - 21 hours tuition
  • Tues - Emily Copp 6.30 - 9.30pm / Thurs - Erin Keys 6.30 - 9.300pm

Thoroughly enjoyed my tentative foray into the exciting world or jewellery/silversmithery and design. Emily is a fantastic and inspirational teacher! So approachable and accommodating. 5 stars to you and SquarePeg Studios!
I will/have recommended your fantastic studio! Will no doubt see you soon.

— Simon, Happy Student


The Beginners – Jewellery Making Course introduces students to the basics of jewellery making over 7 weeks (total of 21 hours tuition). Students learn all the techniques needed to make a sterling silver ring before proceeding to another project.

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


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


Our Beginners – Jewellery Making Course is designed to provide you with a relaxed and intimate setting for learning your new craft. To ensure our students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students. Book your spot now.


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.

A show bag containing silver sheet and wire plus other goodies from our sponsor Pallion

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


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 Copp is the tutor for the Tuesday night Beginners Jewellery Making Course

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 and teaches various classes in the studio's classroom alongside working from the University of NSW Art & Design campus two days a week.

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

Erin Keys is the tutor for the Thursday night Beginners Jewellery Making Course

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 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. 

Erin is a fantastic teacher - patient and engaging and very encouraging. I really enjoyed working with her and appreciate her sharing of knowledge. I loved that the course is so hands on and we were making our own pieces before we knew it!

— Simmone, Happy Student

Beginners – Jewellery Making Course

  • $365 inc GST
  • Early Bird Enrolment Rate $350
  • Tues - Emily Copp 6.30 - 9.30pm / Thurs - Erin Keys 6.30 - 9.300pm

course dates


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

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