Winter Warmer | Vessels June Long Weekend Intensive


Master the flame and finesse your skills this June at SquarePeg Studios. Are you keen to improve your soldering skills and learn new techniques? Our  three day, Winter Warmer Jewellery Making Intensive is a concentrated and inspiring learning environment with our most experienced and fabulous tutor Diane Appleby. 

This winter Diane will guide you in applying and developing your existing jewellery making skills and introduce you to new techniques in the creation of a unique vessel which can be worn or displayed as an object –  maybe both! You will love learning new techniques and mastering the torch in our beautiful warehouse workshop.


Course Skill Level:

For those with confidence in the basics.

course details

  • $495 inc GST
  • 3 Days - 18 hours tuition
  • Saturday to Monday 10am to 4.00 pm

Fantastic studio for learning. Fun friendly vibe with the most important being the stellar teacher, Diane. Very Inspirational.

— Kate Caicedo, Happy Student


Students attending the Winter Warmer Intensive will fabricate a vessel of their own design, the vessel will either have a lid or be open, it may be wearable or non-wearable.

While resolving their design, students will explore the elements of form, positive and negative space and the concept of containment. 

Students, with Diane’s guidance, will have the opportunity to embark on projects of varying complexity dependent on their prior experience. Students will have the option to choose from easier projects through to more advanced designs. There will be something for everyone. 

While making your vessel you will practice metal shaping and forming, saw piercing, the soldering processes of butt joins, T-joins and sweat soldering, along with the fine fitting required for making hinges and catches. 

3D form and shape and the order of construction and how to set up work for multiple solder joins will be a focus of this workshop. 

SquarePeg Studios will be the hot place to be this June long weekend so fire up your jewellery making skills, improve your soldering techniques and learn lots of useful tips and tricks as you develop control and confidence under the expert tuition of Diane Appleby.

What Students Learn

Fine fitting- required for making hinges, catches and lids.
Soldering approaches – the order of construction and how to set up work for multiple solder joins.
Soldering - students practice and refine skills such as annealing, soldering inclusive of sweat soldering, butt joins and T joins
Forming metal – how to shape metal

What You'll Learn

What do Students Make

A vessel, either with a lid or open, wearable or non-wearable up to 40mm in dimension.


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


What is included

A design brief will be sent to each student on enrolment for the student to consider prior to the workshop.

All the consumables you need to make your project ie. solder, saw blades, emery paper, and drill bits.

Incidental base metal is included but larger quantities, if required will need to be purchased. SquarePeg maintains a small store of metal available at reasonable prices.

All the hand tools and equipment you need to make your project.

A selection of teas, coffee and yummy biscuits.

What you need to bring or purchase

Depending on your final design and your choice of metal you will need

  • at a minimum – 1mm thick sheet metal 20mm x 50mm  (metal can be silver, brass or copper)
  • at a maximum – 1mm thick sheet metal 100mm x 55mm  (metal can be silver, brass, nickel silver or copper)

You can bring your own metal as per the dimensions above or;

Metal sheet in silver, copper and brass will be available to purchase from SquarePegs store at a reasonable rate.

The cost of materials will be dependent on the size of the project you choose to make and the metal you choose to work with. We estimate that materials will cost between $20 – $85

Please note that your final design concept will determine the materials required. You may need to purchase additional materials which will be available in the classroom over the weekend.


  • nb. Thin copper, brass and nickel silver for married metal will be supplied by the tutor if required.


A notebook and pen/pencil

Covered shoes

Your ideas, creativity and enthusiasm 🙂


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.

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.”  


Absolutely amazing loved every minute and learned so much. Definitely worth every cent. Diane is an amazing teacher and really takes the time with each and everyone of the small class. Will definitely be doing more classes.

— Karl Linguard, Winter Warmer Student, 2019

Winter Warmer | Vessels June Long Weekend Intensive

  • $495 inc GST
  • 3 Consecutive Days - Long Weekend
  • Saturday to Monday 10am to 4.00 pm

course dates


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

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