Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium

Join Michelle Hales from Two Plums Design as she visits from Brisbane to present a captivating 6-hour session exploring the versatile world of Argentium. Whether you’re new to jewellery making or looking to enhance your existing skills, this workshop is designed to expand your design possibilities in a fun and creative way.

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

The prerequisite for the Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium workshop 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
  • Saturday | 10 am to 4 pm
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Classes that Square Peg runs are always 5-star. I always learn so much and thoroughly enjoy my time there!!

Amanda

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium workshop is tailored for those eager to understand the unique properties of Argentium, a silver alloy with exceptional benefits. Led by Michelle Hales, you’ll delve into fusing techniques, learning when and how to fuse instead of soldering.

Explore the advantages of Argentium, such as high tarnish resistance and reduced susceptibility to fires cale. This hands-on class will cover everything from annealing and fusing to work hardening and finishing.

The Introduction to Making Jewellery in Argentium workshop is designed to cater to enthusiasts of all skill levels, from those newer to making jewellery who are looking to explore a new dimension of jewellery design to seasoned artists eager to refine their techniques.

Michelle Hales will guide you through creating quick earrings with fused wire designs and progressing to more intricate designs with sheet Argentium. This hands-on experience will involve using torches, rolling mills, and hand tools.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your jewellery-making skills in our Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium workshop. Secure your spot today!


What To Expect

What You Learn

Fabrication – Fusing techniques specific to Argentium

Material knowledge – Best practices and scenarios for fusing

Material knowledge – Tricks for annealing, work hardening, and finishing

Design – How to create quick earrings with fused wire designs

Design – Moving on to designs with sheet Argentium

What You Make

During the Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium workshop, you’ll create quick earrings with fused wire designs, gaining practical experience in using Argentium. The class will progress to designing with sheet Argentium, allowing you to apply your newfound skills in more complex projects.

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 $65
  • 38mm x 40mm 0.8mm sheet (for earring elements)
  • 100mm x 0.9mm round wire (for ear wires and wire designs)
  • 200mm x 2mm round wire (for rings)
  • 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

  • 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 the Introduction to Jewellery Making in Argentium workshop is our Beginners & Beyond Course or equivalent. Students should be able to independently sawpierce, solder and polish.

Fun, informative and well stocked in tools for every creative need. I loved the freedom to explore my own designs knowing there was experienced friendly help with practical and creative solutions when I ran into problems.

Loreena

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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