Weekend Beginners – 4 Days

Student hammering and learning to rivet

Fast track your introduction to making silver jewellery at our Weekend Beginners  Jewellery Making Course.

Learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication over four fast-paced fun days in our light-filled Marrickville warehouse.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to make your own silver ring and another jewellery design.

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

At A Glance

  • $580 inc GST
  • Materials Included
  • 2 Weekends| 10 am to 4 pm
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Was a lot of fun! Both the teacher and the other students were very friendly and the skills taught during the class let me create a few nice pieces that both myself and my friends were able to enjoy.

Alex, 2021


The Weekend Beginners Jewellery Making Course is essentially the same content as our flagship Beginners Jewellery Making Course but scheduled to suit students unable to attend weeknight classes. This course is 3 hours longer than its weeknight sibling.

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of metalsmithing over 4 days. Learn all the techniques needed to make a sterling silver ring before proceeding to other projects which are designed in consultation with their tutor. Your tutor will assist you with design development, technical issues and problem-solving.

Get a solid grounding in the foundation skills of metalsmithing readying you to move onto our Intermediate classes and specialist weekend workshops where you will have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques such as stone setting.

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 and the tools required to make your ring are 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 – how to use the drill press for various drilling tasks such as saw piercing internal shapes or decorative drill holes

Forming metal – how to shape and dome metal

Finishing – learn how to file and use emery paper to give your ring a final finish

Patinate – use our special blackening compound to highlight parts of your design

What you Make

A copper textured sample

A brass saw-piercing sample

A sterling silver ring

Another piece of jewellery, ie ring, pendant or earrings, that you will design after discussion with the tutor

Class Size

To ensure our students have the best learning experience, our class sizes are capped at 10 students.


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:

  • All the hand tools and equipment you need to make your projects
  • Emailed class notes
  • 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 or sketchbook, pen and pencil.
  • Magnifying glasses or a loupe are really helpful for fine work.
  • Your ideas and creativity


  • 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 sold out?

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

Great course if you're time-poor! It's accelerated learning of the basics of silver jewellery making fit into 2 weekends. The studio was great, it has everything you need and was all-in-all a great experience! You also end up with a silver ring that you've made and if you work hard, a great custom piece of your own design.

Tanya, 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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