Gypsy Setting Workshop | Gem Setting Two


Learn the beautiful technique of Gypsy stone setting with Melanie Ihnen in this, the latest addition to our stone setting workshops.

Also known as a flush mount setting, Gypsy setting is a valuable setting technique to add to your repertoire.  This two day workshop is perfect for intermediate students who want to add to their skill set and learn an additional technique for adding colour, texture and sparkle to their work, and how to choose and make the tools to achieve this.

Wear home a beautiful tapered sterling silver ring with many colourful sparkling gemstones, set by you.

Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $440 inc GST
  • 2 days - 12 hours tuition
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

I highly recommend this course taught by the incredible Mel Ihnen. Everything was provided, well organised and safety a priority. A great two days of jewellery making!

— Alix Fiveash, 2020


Our 2 day Gypsy setting workshop is a perfect introduction to setting small gemstones flush to the metal. Intermediate level skills are needed for this workshop, it is a great opportunity to add to your jewellery making repertoire.

The aim of this workshop is to provide students with confidence, skills and understanding of the process and requirements to securely Gypsy set smaller gemstones into beautifully finished jewellery.

We provide a beautiful cast sterling silver ring in your size ready for you to set! Over the weekend you learn how to make your own setting tool from recycled burs, how to accurately measure and choose the tools for preparing a seat for your stones. You will receive instruction on, or a refresher in the safe and efficient use of the flex shaft for creating your setting and cleaning up your piece.

You will practice Gypsy setting on a copper sample piece before setting multiple stones of various colours and sizes into your ring. Finally you will be shown how to clean up your gorgeous Gypsy set ring ready to wear.

Having learned how to make some of the tools required to Gypsy set the stones, students will be provided with a take home kit containing drill bits, burs and the tools required to continue the practice after completing the workshop.

What You'll Learn

What you Will Learn

Build upon your existing jewellery making skills, practice accurate measuring techniques, learn to make useful tools and ultimately, learn the technique of Gypsy setting.

How to Gypsy set a gemstone including how to

  • Make a needle burnishing tool and attach a graver handle
  • Make a wax stick to easily handle your gems
  • Use a beading tool to add texture to metal
  • Use of the flex shaft or micro motor
  • Drill and use setting burs to create a seat for your gemstone
  • Burnish the metal to set gemstones
  • Finish the piece after setting

What You Will Make

A burnishing tool to use for setting

A wax stick for holding gems

A sample of Gypsy set and beading tool textured copper.

A sterling silver Gypsy set ring band 


What is Included

Materials included to take home;

  • A sterling silver ring band
  • Cubic Zirconias, a selection of sizes and colours will be available to choose from.
  • Copper for sampling
  • Burnishing tool (you make) and a graver handle to attach it to
  • Wax, dowel and charcoal, to make a tool for holding stones
  • Drill bits 
  • Setting Burs 

In the Studio

  • All the consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades and emery paper) as well as all the hand tools and equipment required to complete your pieces.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits

Available to Purchase

  • Additional stones
  • 3mm sterling silver sheet various sized for a second project if you finish your ring early 🙂

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Magnifying glasses or Loupe
  • Covered shoes
  • Your ideas and creativity
  • Lunch

More detailed information is provided on enrolment.


Payment Options

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

Or take advantage of our payment by instalments 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.

Melanie Ihnen

Melanie Ihnen. Melanie studied design at Newcastle TAFE and Jewellery and Object at Enmore Design Centre Sydney. She has since been a maker, teacher, curator and gallery director. Melanie has been teaching, exhibiting and practicing jewellery in Sydney for over 15 years and works in her studio in the CBD producing her hand made collections. Her signature works are influenced by geometric shapes, architecture and the subtle colour and tonal variations of metals. She employs the technique of Married metals working with various gold alloys and silver.

Melanie Ihnen - Square ring

A fantastic space to learn and grow with wonderful people. I did the Gypsy Setting Course with Melanie Ihnen, who was lovely and guided us through every step. Thank you 🙏

— Jeanette Brossard, 2020

Gypsy Setting Workshop | Gem Setting Two

  • $440 inc GST
  • Presented over one weekend - two consecutive days
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

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