Jewellery Studio ~ Beginners & Beyond Daytime Course

Dive into the world of jewellery making on weekdays! Join us for this fulfilling course designed to fit seamlessly into your schedule. Whether you’re a busy mum or retiree, looking to add a creative outlet to your routine or exploring a new passion, this course provides the perfect blend of learning and convenience. Explore your creativity and learn a new skill with us over four weekly classes while carving out some rejuvenating ‘me-time’ in your diary.

Over four weeks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make a sterling silver ring and then progress to another piece of jewellery you will design with help from your experienced tutor.

No previous experience in design or jewellery making is required, but if you have made some jewellery in the past, this is a great way to reignite your passion.

At A Glance

  • $455 inc GST
  • Early Bird, Returning Student Discounts and Pay in Instalments Available
  • Wednesdays | 10.00 am - 2.30 pm | 18 Hours Tuition
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I loved this course! After each class my skills improved and I got a real sense of the endless potential for creativity in working with metal, something I have dreamt of for years. The calibre of teaching was exceptional, the workspace clean and functional, and the tools accessible for beginners. Highly recommend - great value for money!

Martina

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Jewellery Studio ~ Beginners & Beyond Daytime Course is meticulously crafted to provide you with a solid foundation in jewellery-making. It equips you with essential skills and knowledge to kickstart your creative journey in this captivating craft.

Over four Wednesdays, you’ll explore hands-on fundamental jewellery-making techniques guided by your experienced tutor Emily Copp. Whether you’re a complete novice or have dabbled in jewellery-making previously, this course offers a supportive and enriching environment to hone your craft.

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 for your project and the tools required to make your ring, is 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

Patination – 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

Smaller class size for optimum student experience – capped at eight students

Learning pathway explained

The Jewellery Studio ~ Beginners and Beyond Daytime course consists of two terms: ‘Beginners’ and ‘Beyond’. This approach helps students gradually gain confidence and proficiency in their skills.

The first term, ‘Beginners’, provides a solid foundation, teaching fundamental techniques through comprehensive instruction and hands-on practice. Upon completion, students move on to the ‘Beyond’ term, further refining their skills and exploring advanced concepts. This two-term format ensures an optimal learning experience, enabling students to excel in their jewellery-making journey.

Students consolidate and expand upon their foundational skills in the’ Beyond’ term. They learn intricate techniques like tab setting, enhancing craftsmanship and unlocking new design possibilities. Additionally, students are introduced to rotary tools such as the flex shaft and micro motor for precise detailing. With guidance from the experienced tutor, students explore creative expression and refine their artistic voice. This dynamic learning environment empowers students to nurture their jewellery-making skills and prepare for Intermediate level classes.

  • If you are a first-term student – please enrol with our ‘Beginners’ ticket
  • If you are a second-term student – please enrol using our ‘Beyond” ticket. This class is priced a little lower to reward your loyalty – we are delighted you will return to learn with us again!

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:

  • Expert guidance and patient and supportive instruction 
  • Access to all necessary tools and materials during class sessions
  • Quality materials for practice projects
  • Handouts and resources for further exploration
  • A warm and welcoming studio environment conducive to learning and creativity
  • A supportive community of fellow beginners to share your journey with
  • 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?

If you can’t find the night you want or the one you want is full, please email us to register your interest and go on a waitlist. mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

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I can’t speak highly enough about these classes. Our tutor Emily was not only extremely knowledgeable but also very patient. I learned a huge amount in 4 days and have already enrolled in my next class.

Amanda

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

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