Intermediate and Continuing Jewellery Making Course


The Intermediate and Continuing Jewellery Making Course is perfect for students with who want to take their making to the next level.   This course is designed to allow students to progress their skill through the different stages of jewellery making, as the tutor assists with design development, technical issues and problem solving. The pre-requisite for this course is our Beginners course.

Students coming from the Beginners course to the  Intermediate stage 1 Jewellery Making Course will expand upon the fundamentals of jewellery making and design and make pieces which may incorporate a range of materials including metal and non-metal elements.

Stage 2 and 3 Intermediate students continue to build on their skills and learn a range of new techniques and also work on individual projects which are developed after consultation with the tutor.

Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $365 inc GST
  • 7 sessions - 21 hours tuition
  • Wednesday night with Erin Keys 6.30-9.30pm

It's official I'm an addict! This has been my 6th term being taught by the knowledgeable and talented Erin, Wednesday nights have been nothing but jewellery! I started as a complete beginner with no experience but am now confident to use the studio equipment to design and make while still learning more and more each week!

— Kirsten - Happy Student


The Intermediate and Continuing Jewellery Making Course is a composite class made up of students who have completed the Beginners course and are at the Intermediate 1 level as well as students who have completed the Intermediate course and beyond. The aim of this course is to provide students with the confidence and skills to work on individual projects while gaining a greater depth of understanding of jewellery techniques and design.

For those moving from Beginners to intermediate, their first term will involve cold connections. Responding to a brief exploring design principles including line and repetition they will learn riveting as a technique whilst incorporating and practising building upon skills learned in beginners, materials introduced could include titanium, laminex and perspex . Students will also be introduced sweat soldering and more intricate saw piercing as a design feature in their pieces.

In Stage 2 Intermediate (ie after 3 terms at SquarePeg Studios) students will be taught basic bezel setting. We will supply bezel, base and stone so students can choose to make either a ring or a pendant. 

In Stage 3 Intermediate (ie after 4 terms at SquarePeg) students will be introduced to equipment like the hydraulic press and will explore making basic hollow forms such as spheres. 

Many of our students produce outstanding work and continue to specialised workshops such as Stone Setting or Wax Carving and Casting.


What You'll Learn

What do students learn?

Intermediate Stage 1 Students are introduced techniques such as:

Additional  soldering techniques like sweat soldering
Cold connections (riveting dissimilar materials)
Introduction to flexi shaft

Intermediate Stage 2 Students are introduced to techniques such as:

Basic Bezel Setting

Intermediate Stage 3 Students are introduced to techniques such as:
Introduction to the Hydraulic Press

Hollow forms


To ensure that students have the best learning experience, our Advanced Jewellery Making Course class size is capped at 10 students.


What is included

• Base metal sheet and wire
• 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.

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.

Erin Keys

Meet your tutor

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 tenant, 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 great teacher. She allows you the flexibility to work independently on your own projects whilst providing valuable advice when needed.

— Darlene - Satisfied Student

Intermediate and Continuing Jewellery Making Course

  • $365 inc GST
  • This composite class is suitable for both Intermediate 1 and continuing students
  • Wednesday night with Erin Keys 6.30-9.30pm

course dates


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

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