How do our jewellery classes work?
COURSES & CASUAL SESSIONS
We offer two types of classes for jewellery; Courses & Casual Sessions. All activities covered in courses can also be covered in casual sessions, the only difference is casual sessions can be ongoing allowing the potential for more individual tailoring & more time to be spent on your projects as you can return regularly to hone your skills.
Our courses are structured in three hour blocks which can be 9 -12am or 1-4pm meaning you can do one course in a morning session and another in an afternoon session if you are keen. See course descriptions for pricing.
Casual sessions can be once a week, fortnight, month, every now and then or however you like and can cover a wide range of things tailored to your interests. Casual sessions are usually Tuesdays & Fridays for a minimum of 2 hours with extra sessions created to meet demand. The standard rate is currently $35/hr plus materials up to four people per session.
Some of the more specialized skills are not suitable in a group session scenario as they are more demanding in terms of tuition requirements. In this situation we can provide one-on-one sessions. One-on-one is also ideal for those wanting to learn skills for their own businesses as it ensure maximum opportunity for feedback and instruction. Sessions are for a minimum of 2 hours and booked as required
Browse through our jewellery course options below and choose something which interests you. If there if something you would like to learn but don’t see below, contact us to discuss how we can help. Remember, course exercises are also available in casual sessions.
Introduction to silversmithing
Create a copper ring: This is the ideal initial exercise to introduce you to silver smithing techniques.
- You will learn how to use a rolling mill to create a textured ring band
- Next you will cut it to size and silver solder it.
- Finally you will learn how to file, sand and polish your ring.
No experience required.
Introduction to Silver Soldering & Stone Setting
Learn silver soldering, stone setting & metal finishing in this 3 hour course suitable for beginners. Leave the studio with a silver ring you have made.
- Choose an oversized silver ring fresh from casting
- Resize the ring to fit your finger.
- Clean & polish
- Set the stone
No experience required.
Make a bezel
Bring in a stone and learn how to make a bezel for it.
- Learn how to roll out the silver to form the side of the bezel
- Cut out base to size
- Silver solder
- Clean up with a file & sand paper
- Polish and set your stone
Experience in silver soldering is required
You will learn a number of finishing techniques to get the best results for your cast items. We will use a design you have created from Course 2, or you can bring in items you have had cast yourself.
This can be done during a regular jewellery session time slot. Please be in touch to arrange a time.
Creating simple rings designs in wax
These skills will demonstrate that making jewellery is quicker and easier than you think and you don’t need lots of expensive equipment, you can even make your wax designs at home.
ADVANCED WAX JEWELLERY MAKING
This course expands on skills covered in Course 02 teaching some advanced methods of working with wax. You will see that wax is an extremely versatile medium capable of textures and effects which aren’t possible in metal alone.
Choose a designs from the Intensive wax jewellery making course outline or find images of designs on the web. We will work through as many as we can fit into 4 hrs
Intensive Wax Jewellery Making Course (4 days)
Our intensive wax jewellery making course is a complete guide to making jewellery from wax covering beginner to advanced techniques
You will be guided through a series of projects teching different skills including mould making. There’s an excess of 20 projects to work through and we can also incorporate alternate designs into your time if you like.
This skill will completely change the way you think about your jewellery making. You will learn how to make moulds you can use in your jewellery allowing you to incorporate found objects such as leaves, twigs and coral.
Bring in about ten objects and we will choose around 5-6 for your moulds. You will then learn how to cut them open and optimise them for wax injection.
Options for cold cure & vulcanising rubber
Casual Session Options
All the above course exercises are also available in casual sessions. Below are some descriptions and additional exercises but this nis not all we offer. If there is something you would like to learn but don’t see below, please contact us.
Make your designs in wax & cast them in metal. This is a cheaper, quicker & more versatile option for jewellers. Click to find out more.
Wax is an incredibly versatile medium for sculpting & creating texture. Click to see some of our examples.
Like all skills, the more you practice, the better you get. Come and learn the methods and begin to develop this valuable skill. Click to find out more.
Mould making allows you to mass produce your designs or utilize other objects in creating your designs. Click for more information about this essential skill.
Why make everything from scratch every time. Create your own catalogue of commonly used components such as ring blanks & bezels and use/modify them to create your designs. Click to find out more.
Make a mould of an object such as leaves, coral, insects, other jewellery and incorporate them into you designs, the whole object, part of it, or just the texture. Click to find out more.
We are fully equipped to guide students through all kinds of silver smithing techniques. Take a look at some of our projects for inspiration or tell us what you would like to make and we will do our best to help you create your own masterpiece. Click to find out more.
What is wax jewellery making?
Anything you create in wax can be cast in metal. You can sculpt your own designs from scratch or make moulds of objects, such as leaves or coral, to create your designs. It is also the perfect means to mass produce your own designs.
Wax can be cut, carved, welded, and experimented on in different ways to create different textures. If you carve too much off, just weld a blob back on and try again.
Creating texture using wax
Wax is an incredibly versatile medium for sculpting & creating texture. It also lends itself to experimentation to discover new and exciting techniques.
Advanced wax sculpture
Like all skills, the more you practice, the better you get. With a little instruction on correct sculpture technique you can begin to hone your sculpting skills.
Our studio is fully equipped with all the sculpting gear you could need including high power microscope with video camera, reference models & carving tools
What is mould making?
A mould is simply a rubber negative which allows you to make infinate copies of your designs and objects through wax injection. Simply inject your mould and in seconds you have a perfect wax copy ready for casting or modification.
Or you can create standard componants and combine them in different ways
Creating your own design components
Why make things from scratch every time? making moulds of commonly used componants such as ring blanks, bezels and decorative elements means you can quickly assemble loads of new designs in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.
To give a very simple example, create moulds of the above two componants. Simply inject the moulds with wax, weld the componants together, tidy up with carving tools where necessary and cast.
Using found objects
Make a mould of an object such as leaves, coral, insects, other jewellery and incorporate them into you designs, the whole object or just the texture.
We are fully equipped to guide students through all kinds of silver smithing techniques. Take a look at some of these projects for inspiration or tell us what you would like to make and we will do our best ot help you create your own masterpiece. We also have courses available for many of these things.
Silver soldering, bezel, flush & claw stone setting, enamelling, metal finishing techniques. Or just show us some pictures of some designs you like and we can teach you what you need to know to make it yourself.
A wide range of skills to be learned. Contact us to enquire about something specific
Delft clay casting
This process involves two interlocking, locating aluminium canisters filled with compacted clay, which together contain a negative of your design. A channel is created for pouring molten metal such as silver, pewter or bronze, as well as some more channels to allow for air displacement.
How much detail can I achieve? The clay casting is still able to acheive detail although it has a much more hand made aesthetic
Can I do this at home? Yes, with just a minimal tool-set of canisters, delft clay and a blowtorch.
What kind I jewellery can I make using this method? Anything which can be pressed into the clay and removed without pulling clay out with it (ie. it can’t have undercuts).
I don't know where to start
This is a normal reaction! You might want to try one of our courses to take out some of the decision making or come in for a chat, just be sure to call or email first to make sure we are available.