Beginners & Beyond Jewellery Making Course

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Are you ready to get started learning how to make silver jewellery? Our Beginners & Beyond Jewellery Making Course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of jewellery making and design and enable you to make projects of your own design.

Over seven weeks you’ll learn everything you need to know to make your own silver ring and then progress to another piece of jewellery that you will design with help from your experienced tutor.

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

  • $490 inc GST
  • Early Bird, Returning Student Discounts and Pay in Instalments Available
  • Tuesdays | 6.30 pm -9.30 pm | 21 Hours Tuition
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So pleased I signed up to SquarePeg’s workshop. Momoko lead the small group through excellent step by step demonstrations of all aspects of making fine jewellery and generously shared her personal tips and tricks. All participants came away with unique and beautiful finished pieces and confidence and competence. Thank you Momoko.



The Beginners & Beyond Jewellery Making Course introduces students to the fundamentals of metalsmithing over seven weeks. Students learn all the techniques needed to make a sterling silver ring before proceeding to another project which they will design 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 over two terms of learning, readying you to move on to our Intermediate classes.

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

Terminology – learn to talk about jewellery making like a pro

Accurate Measuring – Learn how to size your ring and measure for a range of projects

Metal cutting – students are taught how to saw-pierce metal using professional jewellery saw frames

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

Patination – use our special blackening compound to highlight parts of your design

What you Make

A sterling silver ring

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

Class Size

Smaller class size for optimum student experience – capped at eight students

Mid-Term Breaks

Breaks to align with NSW School Holidays:

Term Two – 23rd April 2023

Term Five – 8th October 2023

Learning pathway explained

The Jewellery Studio ~ Beginners and Beyond Daytime course consists of two terms: ‘Beginners’ and ‘Beyond’. This approach helps students gradually gain confidence and proficiency in their skills.

The first term, ‘Beginners’, provides a solid foundation, teaching fundamental techniques through comprehensive instruction and hands-on practice. Upon completion, students move on to the ‘Beyond’ term, further refining their skills and exploring advanced concepts. This two-term format ensures an optimal learning experience, enabling students to excel in their jewellery-making journey.

Students consolidate and expand upon their foundational skills in the’ Beyond’ term. They learn intricate techniques like tab setting, enhancing craftsmanship and unlocking new design possibilities. Additionally, students are introduced to rotary tools such as the flex shaft and micro motor for precise detailing. With guidance from the experienced tutor, students explore creative expression and refine their artistic voice. This dynamic learning environment empowers students to nurture their jewellery-making skills and prepare for Intermediate level classes.

  • If you are a first-term student – please enrol with our ‘Beginners’ ticket.
  • If you are a second-term student – please enrol using our ‘Beyond” ticket. This class is priced a little lower to reward your loyalty – we are delighted you will return to learn with us again!


What is Included

A starter kit valued at $30 includes;

  • Base metal, that’s copper and brass sheet and wire
  • Sterling silver for your first ring
  • All the consumables you need to make your projects. That means saw blades for cutting, solder for soldering and emery paper for polishing your work ready to wear

You also get:

  • All the hand tools and equipment you need to make your projects
  • Emailed class notes
  • Selection of teas, coffee and yummy biscuits

Materials for the additional project can be purchased from our class store at a very reasonable price or from a local metal supplier after consultation with your tutor.

What to Bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • 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.

Payment Options

  • Enrol below – you can secure your place on the spot!
  • Enrol early and take advantage of our payment by instalments option to spread the payments out over three payments. This option is offered at check out.
  • 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 to join sold out?

We always open places in our Tuesday night class first, and then if interest is strong, which it usually is, we open places in the Monday night class.

If you can’t find the night you want or the one you want is full, please email us to register your interest and go on a waitlist.

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Absolutely loved this course! Apart from being an inspiring artist with a beautiful portfolio, Emily is a passionate teacher with clear, straightforward communication. She has been so patient with me while dealing with the final project and she gave me many inputs to develop in the future. I cannot wait to attend the next course which is starting in just a few days - very exciting already!


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.

Momoko Hatano

Momoko Hatano is a Japanese Australian independent jeweller/designer and drawer. After completing her Fine Arts degree at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, she began working as a jeweller and product developer for one of Australia’s iconic jewellery and homewares companies, Dinosaur Designs. After working in the jewellery industry for several years, she merged her art, fashion, and design interests to launch her label. Drawing inspiration from all facets of her life, including her travels, nature, contemporary art and everyday objects, she designs and handcrafts each piece in her Sydney studio. Her jewellery has been worn by Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, published in Frankie, Elle Japan and exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Object and Studio 2017. She has also given design talks at UNSW and various other educational institutions. Momoko brings her dedication to maintaining traditional craftsmanship and skills in creating fine jewellery and her experience as an educator to her teaching at SquarePeg Studios.
Shinju Gold Pearl Ring by Momoko Hatano

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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