Quick Handcrafted chains workshop

Learn to craft unique chains to enhance your jewellery designs in our exclusive Quick Handcrafted Chains workshop at SquarePeg Studios. Get creative and delve into the art of crafting individual chains under the expert guidance of Michelle Hales from Two Plums Design. This hands-on workshop offers tips and tricks on creating personal and beautiful chains in no time.

Michelle, a seasoned jewellery artist from Brisbane, will impart technical skills and share the secrets of infusing creativity into every chain. Whether a novice or an experienced jeweller, this workshop caters to all skill levels, inviting you to refine your techniques as you create distinctive chains that reflect your unique style. 

The prerequisite for this class is our Beginners & Beyond Course or equivalent. Students should be able to independently sawpierce, solder and polish.

At A Glance

  • $415 inc GST
  • Fast-paced & fun workshop
  • Sunday | 10 am to 4 pm
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Best jewellery school around. So many great courses to choose from. Very recommended!

Gabrielle, 2024

ABOUT THE COURSE

This workshop is designed for those who want to master creating beautiful chains without relying on store-bought options. The workshop’s focus is helping you unlock approaches to making beautiful chains FAST! This is a fun and freeing day of learning in our beautiful, light-filled studio. 

Michelle will guide you through crafting stunning chains using argentium wire and fusing techniques, unlocking the secrets that transform simple chains into stunning pieces of wearable art.

Argentium is a modern sterling silver alloy featuring exceptional tarnish resistance, high malleability when annealed, and the unique ability to fuse seamlessly. It provides jewellery makers with a versatile and durable material for crafting exquisite and long-lasting pieces.

The Quick Handcrafted Chains Workshop is carefully curated to provide a comprehensive understanding of the art and science behind chain-making, where each link tells a story of craftsmanship and creativity. Michelle will share her knowledge and guide you through practical, hands-on exercises that will enable you to create chains that are not just accessories but expressions of your unique style.

Learn about the technicalities of chain-making and gain insights into the creative process of designing distinctive chains. The workshop is designed to cater to enthusiasts of all skill levels, from beginners looking to explore a new dimension of jewellery design to seasoned artists eager to refine their techniques.

Join our Quick Handcrafted Chains Workshop and let your imagination flow as you craft one-of-a-kind chains that will set your jewellery designs apart.

At SquarePeg Studios, we believe in empowering individuals to express themselves through art, and this workshop is a testament to our commitment to fostering creativity in every participant.


What To Expect

What You Learn

Design – Techniques for creating differently shaped links

Material knowledge – Craft stunning chains using argentium wire and fusing techniques

Fabrication – Construction processes for efficient chain-making

Distinction – Tips and tricks to add uniqueness to your chains

Professionalism – Finishing touches to elevate your creations

What You Make

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have crafted at least one finished long chain using argentium wire. Additionally, you can experiment and create unique pieces that showcase your newfound skills.

Class Size

Small class size.

To ensure an excellent experience for our students, we cap this class at just 8 participants.

Practicalities

What is included

  • Material pack valued at $70
  • 2500mm of 1mm round argentium wire
  • 200mm of 2mm round argentium wire
  • Expert guidance from Michelle Hales
  • Access to SquarePeg Studios’ fully-equipped workspace
  • 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.
  • All the hand tools and equipment you need to make your projects
  • Selection of teas, coffee and yummy biscuits

What to Bring

  • Participants are encouraged to bring:
    • A pendant that needs a chain
    • A piece that could be presented with a chain
    • Copper wire for experimental projects (this can also be purchased in class)
  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Lunch
  • Your enthusiasm

Safety

  • We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg.
  • All students must wear 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?

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

Pre-requisite

The prerequisite for this class is our Beginners & Beyond Course or equivalent. Students should be able to independently sawpierce, solder and polish.

This is an excellent place to start or continue your making journey. The studio has everything (and more) that you would want or need to create your pieces. Small and intimate classes, very friendly atmosphere and easy access to the space. Plenty of parking! I have been a student here for years and I really love SquarePeg.

Bee, 2024

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.

Michelle Hales

Michelle Hales of Two Plums Design works as an artisanal jeweller from her home studio in Brisbane, Australia.  Michelle is an advocate for the responsible sourcing of materials and the ethical production of metals and gemstones in her craft.  Michelle's design practice is led by a desire for versatile, innovative and functional jewellery that reveres the story of origin.  In this way, she explores our human interconnectedness through the technical functionality of a piece, hand of the maker, body of the wearer and the viewer.   For Michelle, connections create opportunity and dynamism.   Connections bring form, function and histories together in endlessly interesting ways.
Handmade Chains with Michelle Hales at SquarePeg Studios

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