Brooches made of acrylic

Free Brooch Making workshop – Sydney Craft Week 2020

Beginner to Advanced

Brooches have been worn since ancient times. In their earliest iteration brooches were used as an aide for fastening clothes, since then they have evolved alongside humanity to be a wearable as varied as those who wear – and create! – them. In this free brooch making workshop, students will work with recycled aluminum from a local Sydney car engine manufacturer alongside recycled acrylic and found items.

Course Skill Level:

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

course details

  • $0 inc GST
  • Two x 45 minute workshops
  • Saturday - 12pm or 2pm

SquarePeg Studios is a creative and inspiring place. The atmosphere is laid back and welcoming and the tutors there are approachable and always happy to help. I have learned so much during my time spent there and look forward to upcoming workshops that I have booked onto.

— Alice, August 2020


In this fun workshop, students will make a brooch incorporating their choice of recycled materials. A ready-made brooch finding will be used to complete your creation ready to wear away at the completion of the class.


What Students Learn

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

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

Riveting – we will use the ancient process of riveting to affix our brooch finding to our creation

What You'll Learn

What Students Make

A brooch, designed and made by you!

Class Size

To ensure that students have the best learning experience, this workshop has a small class size of only seven students

On October 10th SquarePeg Studios will host a jam-packed day of events to celebrate Sydney Craft Week (SCW). We welcome visitors to our Open Studio from 10am to 4pm, present our Resident Jeweller exhibition in response to this year’s SCW theme of “Change Makers”.

Aligned with our exhibition we present an interactive ‘treasure hunt’. Tokens hidden in our local neighbourhood link back to themes explored by the participating artists and symbolise our role as the custodians of change through the works we create and concepts we explore in that process. Once found, tokens can be exchanged for a corresponding piece from our exhibition. To find out more visit our social media platforms.

Last but by no means least – we will share two free 45-minute brooch making workshops. Come along and create your own piece of wearable art – be it purely pretty or pointedly political – either way, you will walk away with a new piece to enjoy – made by your own hands!


Minimum Age to participate - 16 years

Please note that like all our classes, students must be over 16yrs to participate. To comply with physical distancing, only 7 students may be in the classroom for the workshop. Thus unfortunately little ones cannot observe the class either, but are of course welcome to participate with the rest of our events on the day.

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

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell began her jewellery career in 2007 as part of the team for local Australian powerhouse Dinosaur Designs. In 2011 she tried her hand at the inaugural SquarePeg beginners metalsmithing class and was wooed by the oracle like teachings of a tutor so much that she began the TAFE trade certificate in 2012. With the completion of her studies in 2015 she moved on to start working for another Australian powerhouse Sarah and Sebastian and remains there today as a Senior Jeweller.

Elizabath Mitchell ring

The earring making class taught me so much more about materials, techniques and processes specifically relevant to earrings but also transferable to other jewellery pieces. The class was engaging and fun and the workshop is very well organised and well equipped. Thanks SquarePeg.

— Wayan, August 2020

Free Brooch Making workshop – Sydney Craft Week 2020

  • $0 inc GST
  • Saturday - 12pm or 2pm

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