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 3-day Jewellery Summer School. Fast-track your introduction to jewellery making and 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 silver ring and another piece of jewellery. 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

  • $575 inc GST
  • Materials Included
  • 10 am to 4 pm
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Fantastic class covering the basics of fabrication. Lots of foundational skills covered with the third day able to put these skills into practice working on an individual/personal project. Very knowledgeable and approachable tutor as well who’s very accommodating and patient. Highly recommend SquarePeg and this course! Will be looking at doing others very soon

Morgan

ABOUT THE COURSE

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.  
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing over 3 days. Learn all the techniques needed to make a sterling silver ring before proceeding to other projects designed in consultation with your 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 on to our Intermediate classes and specialist weekend workshops where you can 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, is 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, this class is capped at 10 students.

Practicalities

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.
  • A selection of teas, coffee and yummy biscuits

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Magnifying glasses if you need them.
  • Your ideas and creativity

Safety

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

Related Courses and Learning Pathways

Having completed the Summer School for Beginners, you can plan your next step and enrol for the Intermediate Jewellery Making Intensive | June Long Weekend 2023

Having completed the intermediate level course, you will be eligible to join classes such as the Gypsy Setting stone setting workshop.

For more assistance finding the next best course for you drop us an email. 

 

 

Is the date you would like sold out?

Please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist. mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Summer School beginner class was packed with lots to learn. I can’t wait to come back and do another class which will build on the skills I learnt. The teacher was patient and knowledgeable, she spent time with all students individually fine tuning people’s skills. I learnt heaps from her! I’ll definitely be making the trip from Newcastle to Sydney to join another class.

Cathy

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.

Megan Turton

After graduating with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, Megan developed a keen interest in phenomenology in design, focusing on creating experiences that engage multiple senses. This passion seamlessly translates into her jewellery practice, where Megan crafts kinetic pieces that elevate the wearer's experience through intentional interaction. Distinctive catches and clasps showcase Megan's meticulous approach to detail. Upon moving to Australia, she embarked on a decade-long journey in jewellery-making training under the mentorship of goldsmith Sondi. Proficient in techniques like mokume gane, fabricating hollow forms and bi-metal designs, Megan's artistic journey is marked by numerous group shows, and in 2020, she presented a solo exhibition showcasing the depth and diversity of her craft across multiple mediums. 
"Feathers" by Megan Lee Turton

Emily Copp

Emily is a contemporary jeweller who integrates diverse materials and technologies, including 3D printing and traditional silversmithing. She earned an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery & Object Design from The Design Centre Enmore a decade ago. She is a resident artist and tutor at SquarePeg Studios and a sessional lecturer and technical officer at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus. “I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”
'Boundless' ring in 18 karat white gold and Australian Sapphire by Emily Copp

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