Introduction to Jewellery Making with Gold Fill

Are you curious about using gold-filled material in your designs? Gold fill is a robust and affordable alternative to solid gold for your creations.

In this one-day immersive experience, Michelle Hales from Two Plums Design will guide you through expanding your skills and uncovering the secrets of working with this versatile material. 

This workshop provides an introduction to gold fill and its uses and limitations. By the end of the day, you will understand what gold fill is and how it can be used effectively.

The prerequisite for the Introduction to Jewellery Making with Gold Fill workshop is that students be at an Intermediate level. Students should be able to independently and confidentially saw-pierce, solder and polish.

At A Glance

  • $430 inc GST
  • Fast-paced & fun workshop
  • Friday | 10 am to 4 pm
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I really enjoyed expanding my jewellery making skills and I am stoked with the result. Thankyou so much for putting up with my endless questions during the course. Really loved learning new skills and can't wait to put them into practice.



This intermediate-level Introduction to Jewellery Making with Gold Fill workshop is designed to introduce you to the properties, uses, and limitations of gold fill material. Led by the talented Michelle Hales, you’ll gain valuable insights into the manufacturing process, learn practical techniques for working with gold fill, and discover how to incorporate it into your jewellery designs.

You will learn how this metal is manufactured, how to protect it in your making process, and how to solder and finish your pieces. Material benefits include being very easy to work with when annealed and becoming very hard when work hardened. It is an excellent value gold alternative that can be soldered and finished, and it is tarnish-resistant, hypoallergenic, durable, and beautiful!

Students will make quick projects, such as a ring or pair of earrings, before we move into more complex designs. You will learn tricks for annealing, soldering, work hardening, and finishing, as well as where to source materials and consumables.

The Introduction to Jewellery Making with Gold Fill workshop will be hands-on. You will use torches and fabrication hand tools.

What To Expect

What You Learn

Fabrication – Soldering and finishing methods for gold filled jewellery

Fabrication – Techniques for protecting gold fill during the making process

Material knowledge – Understanding gold fill material and its properties

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

Industry Knowledge – Tips on where to source materials and consumables

What You Make

Before progressing to more complex designs, you will create quick projects, such as a ring or pair of earrings. Explore the art of gold filled jewellery making with hands-on practical projects that will allow you to apply your knowledge and 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.


What is included

  • Material pack valued at $95 (all 14ct)
  • 25x40mm – 0.6mm sheet 14ct double clad gold filled
  • 200mm – 0.9mm round wire 14ct gold filled hard (for earring wire)
  • 150mm – 2mm round 14ct gold filled, soft (enough for two rings)
  • 200mm – 1mm solder-filled 14ct gold round wire (for jump rings)
  • 30mm – 10ct easy solder wire
  • Consumables: Firescoff, polishing compound
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Optional: BYO pearls or beads for additional personalisation


  • 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.

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The prerequisite for the Introduction to Jewellery Making with Gold Fill workshop is that students be at an Intermediate level. Students should be able to independently and confidentially saw-pierce, solder and polish.

An extremely informative and technically helpful course. Very helpful and a great teacher who enabled and encouraged each student to come up with a unique and well executed ring . Thanks so much.


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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