Crafting Connections with Melanie Ihnen

Sydney Craft Week activities 2020

On Saturday 8th & Sunday the 9th of October, youths and their adults are invited to come together for Crafting Connections, a lively one-day workshop exploring the magic of metal married with a delightful array of materials in this collaborative workshop. Get your hands on some tools, create pieces that can be worn, attached to bags, and use your imagination!

Make memories together. This will be fun!



At A Glance

  • $150 inc GST
  • Crafting Connections is suitable for youths ten years and older, accompanied by a buddy who is over sixteen to spend the day creating together. The cost of one ticket covers enrolment for one youth and one adult.
  • October 8th or 9th ~ 9am to 3pm
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I cant say enough wonderful things about this workshop! The tutor, Mel, was so lovely, helpful and patient. She guided everyone through the making process, checking in on us all one by one as we worked at our benches and experimented with all the tools. And even though we were all beginners we each ended up with a beautiful work to take home (and a million creative ideas waiting to be born). A really wonderful day. I want to do all the Square Peg workshops now :)

Tina Marie, 2021


In this one day workshop, youths and their adults’ craft memories and connections together through the collaborative nature of creativity. The workshop is suitable for those 10 years and older who are to be accompanied by a buddy 16 years and older for a fun day of learning in our bright and airy workshop.

Experienced jeweller Melanie Ihnen leads the class through foundation jewellery making processes, including stamping and embossing metals like copper, brass and maybe sterling silver, creating beautiful decorative outcomes. Students then learn how to drill their materials as a stepping stone to the fun process of riveting. Riveting is a connecting process to join materials and create beautifully finished works. Materials such as laser-cut acrylic, aluminium, titanium and pretty bead options are available on the day to experiment with and incorporate into the works created.

Brass and copper are included in course fees. However, if students wish to create with sterling silver, it can be purchased on the day at a reasonable rate.

Options for projects include a pendant, key charm or friendship bracelet. Reliant on the pace at which students work, it is possible to create more than one masterpiece on the day!

What To Expect

What you Learn

  • Creative exercises to encourage exploration of materials & concepts
  • Metal stamping
  • Metal embossing
  • Drilling
  • Riveting
  • Forming

What you Make

After some experimentation students expand one or more ideas into a more developed piece such as a pendant, key charm or friendship bracelet.

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. As this workshop is for duos of youth and an adult, there are 5 tickets available, with each ticket being for two people.


What is Included

  • Metal – Brass, Copper (Silver can be purchased on the day at a reasonable rate)
  • Materials – laser-cut acrylic, aluminium, titanium, pretty beads and more 
  • Working with like-minded creatives in an inspiring and well equipped creative space
  • Introduction to relevant machinery, tools & safety procedures
  • Introduction to various materials & cold joining techniques
  • Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits

What to Bring

  • If you have materials such as beads you would like to work with, bring them along and if they are suitable Melanie will help you find ways to incorporate them into your design.
  • A notebook and pen/pencil and your ideas and creativity and enthusiasm
  • your lunch
  • an apron
  • closed in shoes
  • We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.


  • 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?

If you have missed out on a place, please send us an email to register your interest and to go on a waitlist.

SquarePeg studio is a beautiful and well-organised space to work for both beginners and experienced jewellers alike. There is an extensive range of facilities and courses are run by working jewellers who provide excellent tuition... Highly recommend.

Jenny, 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.

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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