Beginners Jewellery Making Course

Young man in yellow shirt working at jewellery bench with. denim jacket over the back of the chair

Are you ready to get started learning how to make silver jewellery? Our Beginners Jewellery Making Course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of jewellery making and design and enable you to make at least two 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

  • $445 inc GST
  • Pay in Instalments Available
  • Mondays & Thursdays | 6.30 pm -9.30 pm
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I loved the chance to be creative under the expert tutelage of Danielle. It so satisfying when you design and create something so wonderful and special. I feel confident now to begin making some silver jewellery and am excited to keep attending classes at Square Peg. Onward to the next chapter.

Karin, 2021

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Beginners Jewellery Making Course introduces students to the fundamentals of metalsmithing over 7 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 readying you to move onto our Intermediate classes 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

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

Drilling

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 sterling silver ring

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

Class Size

This course is designed to provide you with a relaxed and intimate setting for learning your new craft. To ensure our students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students.

Practicalities

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

Safety

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

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!

Paola, 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.

Emily Copp smiling at camera whilst seatedat jewellers bench with an alight jewellers torch

Emily Copp

Emily is a Sydney based contemporary jeweller who works with diverse materials and technologies such as 3D printing alongside traditional silversmithing. Her practice spans jewellery and object design. She has presented work in many group shows, as well as exhibiting solo. Emily earned her Advanced Diploma in Jewellery & Object Design at The Design Centre Enmore (2014). Emily is a resident artist at SquarePeg Studios and teaches various classes in the studio's classroom. In 2017 Emily became a Director at SquarePeg.

Emily also spends a few days a week as a sessional lecturer and technical officer at the University of NSW Art and Design Campus in the Jewellery, Metal & Wood workshops.

“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

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

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