Spring Jewellery Making Intensive | October Long Weekend

Beginner to Advanced

For the first time in October 2020, SquarePeg Studios will present the ultimate long weekend Jewellery Making Intensive. 24 hours over three days packed with making and learning. The Spring Jewellery Making Intensive is ideal for students who are travelling to SquarePeg from out of town, those not able to attend our 7 week term courses or those who know what a gift three days of immersive jewellery making with Diane Appleby will be.

The Spring Intensive is perfect for beginners or those who want to take their making to the next level. This intensive is designed to allow students to progress through the different stages of jewellery making with one of our most experienced and loved tutors Diane Appleby. Diane will assist with design development, technical issues and problem-solving. There is no prerequisite for this course.

During the course, beginner students will learn the foundation jewellery making skills alongside working on individual projects developed after consultation with Diane. More experienced students will either develop a project designed to hone and build on their existing skills or are welcome to bring their existing project to work on with Diane’s expert guidance.

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 – starting from the ground up.

Course Skill Level:

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


course details

  • $595 inc GST
  • 3 days - 24 hours tuition
  • 9am to 5pm - 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


ABOUT THE COURSE

Our Spring Three Day Jewellery Making Intensive is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design or a great opportunity to develop your existing skills over three days packed with making and learning opportunities. All tools and base metals are provided, as well as sterling silver for your first project, and no previous experience in design or jewellery making is required.

Over the three days of the October long weekend, students make a textured silver ring band, followed by a ring, pin or pendant of their own design exploring the 3D Form. Processes focusing on forming and texturing such as doming and stamping will be learned to aid you in your inspiration. Dissect a dome, add a pearl, the world is your oyster!

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

What students learn

If you have prior jewellery making experience your tutor can help you build upon your existing skill set to learn new skills as a reflection of where your interest lies.

For students just starting out you will 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

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 You'll Learn

What do students make

A silver band ring

A brooch, pin or pendant of their own design exploring the 3D Form.

CLASS SIZE

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


Practicalities

What is included?

Sterling silver for your first project

Brass

Copper

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.”  

Diane-Appleby-rings

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, Happy Student


Spring Jewellery Making Intensive | October Long Weekend

  • $595 inc GST
  • 3 Consecutive Days - 9am - 5pm
  • 9am to 5pm - Saturday to Monday

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