Spring Intensive – October Long Weekend Workshop

Beginner to Advanced

Launch into spring and shake off winter with fresh shapes and colour. What better way to spend the October Long weekend than to learn exciting new skills? And the icing on the cake? At the conclusion of three days of fun-filled creativity – you take home your very own original handmade jewellery – win win!

To celebrate Spring we are going to incorporate colour into our handcrafted sterling silver jewellery designs. Students will design and fabricate contemporary jewellery using heat anodised titanium, gemstone and pearl beads or other coloured metals such as brass and copper. You will learn all about riveting in order to integrate your chosen coloured material into your silver jewellery design developed in consultation with your highly experienced tutor Diane Appleby.

Learn all the fundamentals of Jewellery making and build on existing skills in this enjoyable 3-day metalsmithing course. Forming texturing, constructing, soldering and riveting – and that’s just day one!

Course Skill Level:

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

course details

  • $460 inc GST
  • 3 days - 18 hours tuition
  • 10am to 4pm - Saturday to Monday

The course was fabulous and Diane is an amazing teacher who taught me a lot! I was impressed with all the new skills and info I walked away with, it went above and beyond my expectations.
I also loved the space where the class was held, plenty of room and tools for everyone to use.

— Ainslie M, Happy Student


Students will be making a ring focusing on the core techniques being introduced (forming metal, texturing, constructing, soldering and riveting).  Next, students will make a ring, pendant, pair of cufflinks or earrings of their own design throughout the remainder of the workshop.

To introduce colour into your major project you will have the opportunity to use pearls or gemstones beads, heat anodised titanium, brass or copper.

You will walk away from this three-day course with a bagful of new techniques and wearable Jewellery designed and created by your own hand.

What students learn

Metal cutting – students are taught how to saw-pierce metal using professional jewellery saw frames
How to size your ring
Soldering - using special jewellery torches students learn how to anneal and solder metal to join the silver together to make a ring band
Learn to incorporate pearls in your design
Heat patina for Titanium
Forming metal – how to shape and dome metal
Finishing – learn how to file and use emery paper to give your ring a final finish
Polish – refine and perfect the surface finish of your design

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 make

Students will be making a ring focusing on the core techniques being introduced.  Next, students will make a ring, pendant, pair of cufflinks or earrings of their own design throughout the remainder of the workshop.


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


What is included?

Sterling silver for your first ring



Either Titanium or Pearl (s) to incorporate into your design

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, coffee and yummy biscuits

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.

Diane Appleby

Meet your tutor

Diane Appleby completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW. Diane’s catalogue of work encompasses collections for exhibition and collaborations with clients on individual pieces. “My jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to wear. I like to play with colour, form and texture. I choose materials for their unique character, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy creating pieces with a precious presence. “At the heart of every design is an inspiration, whether I am creating a collection for an exhibition or working with a client to create a uniquely personal piece. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a few simple sketches to a finished form extremely exciting.”  


So much fun
I’ve never made jewellery before or worked with metals. This was such a fun creative outlet and I was stoked with the pieces I made.
Diane is the best!

— Michael M, Stoked Student

Spring Intensive – October Long Weekend Workshop

  • $460 inc GST
  • 10am to 4pm - Saturday to Monday

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