Jewellery Summer School for Beginners

Young womans hands sawing sheet metal with jewllers sawframe on a jewellers peg

Learn all the fundamentals of jewellery making in this fun intensive 4-day Jewellery Summer School. Fast track your introduction to jewellery making and jewellery design and kick the year off right!

Learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication over four fast-paced days in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to make your own silver ring and another jewellery design. No previous experience in design or jewellery making is required, but if you have done some making in the past, this is a great way to reignite your passion for making jewellery.

At A Glance

  • $595 inc GST
  • Materials Included
  • 10 am to 4 pm
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This course was an amazing experience. I learnt so much and had a fantastic time. Emily is a brilliant teacher and guided us through a range of making processes clearly and thoroughly. She gave us the confidence to experiment and make our own designs while being supportive if we had any questions.

Bronwen, 2021


The Summer School for Beginners is essentially the same content as our flagship Beginners Jewellery Making Course but scheduled to suit students unable to attend weeknight or weekend classes throughout the year.  This course is 3 hours longer than its weeknight sibling.
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing over 4 days. Learn all the techniques needed to make a sterling silver ring before proceeding to other projects which are designed in consultation with their tutor. Your tutor will assist you with design development, technical issues and problem-solving. Get a solid grounding in the foundation skills of metalsmithing readying you to move onto our Intermediate classes and specialist weekend workshops where you will have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques such as stone setting.
During this course, you will have the time to experiment with metal and see how it responds to different processes. You will learn skills that even the most experienced jewellers use daily.Everything you need including sterling silver and the tools required to make your ring are included.Beware, many students find making jewellery addictive.

What To Expect

What You 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 – how to use the drill press for various drilling tasks such as saw piercing internal shapes or decorative drill holes

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 Make?

A copper textured sample.

A brass saw-piercing sample

A sterling silver ring

Another piece of jewellery, ie ring, pendant or earrings, that you will design after discussion with the tutor

Class Size

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
  • 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 to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • An apron
  • 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
  • long hair tied back
  • We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Payment Options

  • Enrol below – you can secure your place on the spot!
  • Or, take advantage of our payment by instalments option to secure your place. This option is offered at check out.
  • Pay a 40% deposit followed by a 30%  payment six weeks out from your course, and the final 30% payment three weeks ahead of the course start date.

Is the date you would like sold out?

Please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist.

This 4-day beginner jewellery making summer school was really wonderful. I did it as a follow up to the make a ring in a day course that I already thought was awesome but this was less of a marathon and gave everyone more chances to experiment and get into the creative process. The studio space is equipped with everything you need to come up with a ring and one or two secondary projects. I felt very inspired by our instructor Emily and the creations my classmates made. It's very therapeutic when you get immersed in the process and I'm so excited to get back to this lovely studio to learn more!

Anita, 2021

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.

Danielle Lo

Danielle’s practice has a deep focus on presence and place, emulating forms of nature within her surroundings. The works are an intimate physical exploration of conceptual ideas, achieved through the use of shapes, form, line, colour and textural elements. Danielle predominately works in silver and enamel, using traditional silversmithing techniques Upon finishing her Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Objects at Enmore Design Centre (2014), Danielle went on to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Jewellery and Object at Sydney College of Arts (2016) and has finished the JamFactory Associate Training Program (2018) in the Metal and Jewellery Studio.  
Danielle Lo earrings

Melanie Ihnen

Melanie studied design at Newcastle TAFE and Jewellery and Object at Enmore Design Centre Sydney. She has since been a maker, teacher, curator and gallery director. Melanie has been teaching, exhibiting and practicing jewellery in Sydney for over 15 years and works in her studio in the CBD producing her hand made collections. Her signature works are influenced by geometric shapes, architecture and the subtle colour and tonal variations of metals. She employs the technique of Married metals working with various gold alloys and silver.
Melanie Ihnen - Square ring

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