Weekend Beginners | 4 Days


In this Weekend Beginners Jewellery Making Course, learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication over 4-days of classes held in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse. Held over two weekends from 10am to 4pm this course is the perfect way to fast track your jewellery making learning experience.

Our 4-day Weekend School is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design. The aim of this course is to provide students with the confidence to work on individual projects while gaining a greater depth of understanding of jewellery making techniques and jewellery design starting from the ground up.

Students that complete the Weekend Beginners course will be qualified to move onto our Intermediate level jewellery making courses.

Course Skill Level:

For those starting out on their jewellery making journey!

course details

  • $525 inc GST
  • Two Weekends -24 hours tuition
  • 2 x Saturdays & 2 x Sundays from 10am to 4pm

I really enjoyed the beginners' jewellery making course. SquarePeg has a great atmosphere to learn and create! Sian was a fantastic and patient teacher, who shared her extensive knowledge in jewellery making and design. Can't wait to start the next course!!!!

— John, Satisfied Student


The 4-day Weekend School over two weekends is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design. All tools and base metals are provided, as well as a strip of silver for your work. This course is designed to allow students to progress through the out-set stages of jewellery making. Your tutor will assist you with design development, technical issues and problem-solving. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

Weekend Beginners students will learn a range of fundamental techniques over the 4 full days of the course and students will make copper and brass saw piercing and texturing samples and a sterling silver ring band as their first soldered project. This is then followed by a sterling silver jewellery piece of the student’s own design. Processes focusing on forming and texturing such as doming, embossing and stamping will be learnt to aid inspiration.

What students 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
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
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

  • Copper and Brass texturing and saw piercing samples
  • A sterling silver ring band
  • Students are encouraged to make a sterling silver ring design in order to repeat the skills learned in fabricating their first ring band project. However, if your wearable of interest is other than a ring, this can be facilitated where possible after consultation with your tutor.
  • A piece of sterling silver jewellery of your own design
  • A second sterling silver project – reliant on time demanded in creating your first design


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


What is included?

Base metal sheet and wire

Sterling silver for your first ring band project

Materials for your second project need to be purchased from our class store or from a local metal supplier after consultation with your tutor

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

Is the date you would like sold out?

Please register in our July 2020 waitlist/expression of interest class and if we receive enough interest we will schedule a Weekend Beginners over the weekends of July 25th and August 1st. Use the date drop-down menu below. This ticket is free of course whilst being a handy way for us to record your interest.

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.

Vanessa Samuels

Sydney-based jeweller and graphic designer, Vanessa Samuels completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts - majoring in Jewellery & Object Design at the Enmore Design Centre in 1999. Since then she has predominantly focused on creating exhibition jewellery and objects - both nationally and internationally (Germany, USA, Scotland and the UK). In 1998 she won a scholarship to the ‘Istituto Europeo di Design’, Milan-Italy to participate in a Metalwork Summer School, sponsored by Alessi. Over the years she has won various Arts grants for exhibition works, undertaken an artist-in-residence program at Sturt Gallery and other high-lights including an invitational design commission from the ‘SOCOG’ committee for the ‘Olympic Games Medals Sydney 2000 Competition’. Vanessa has given various presentations on her work practice, and conducted master classes and taught in private galleries; community colleges and residency workshops. Her work can be found in private collections and has been published in various media and book publications. Her work has been represented in galleries throughout Australia in group shows and a solo exhibition at Studio 20/17. In tandem with her jewellery practice, Vanessa has spent more than 20+ years in the publishing industry as an Art Director on lifestyle magazines in food, design, the arts and more.

Black & Gold Rocks by Vanessa Samuels

I have learned so much during the 4-day jewellery course. Sian our teacher was knowledgeable, experienced, patient and very approachable. The studio had great equipment. Overall a big success...would do it again in a heartbeat

— Sarah, Happy Student

Weekend Beginners | 4 Days

  • $525 inc GST
  • 4 day course over two weekends - both Saturday & Sunday
  • 2 x Saturdays & 2 x Sundays from 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