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Jewellery Summer School for Beginners


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

  • $525 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


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 light-filled 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 – how to use the drill press for various drilling tasks such as saw piercing internal shapes or decorative drill holes

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 textured sample.

A brass saw-piercing sample

A sterling silver ring

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


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


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


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.

Payment Options

Enroll below – you can secure your place on the spot!

Or, take advantage of our payment by installments option to secure your place:

Pay a 40% deposit followed by a 30%  payment six weeks out from your course, and the final 30% payment three weeks ahead of the course start date.

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 SquarePeg Studios tutor and director

Emily Copp

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 small objects within her practice.

She is a resident artist and director at SquarePeg Studios alongside teaching various classes in SquarePeg Studio's classroom. Emily also moonlights as a sessional lecturer and technical officer 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.”

'Boundless' ring in 18k white gold and Australian Parti Sapphire by Emily Copp

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

  • $525 inc GST
  • Pay in Instalments Available
  • Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.00pm

course dates


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

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