Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course - $1200
If you're time-poor like me, then this intensive beginners jewellery making short- course is for you. It's held over two-full-days during the week or on a weekend. You’ll work at your own pace while learning the fundamentals of jewellery making.
This intensive workshop is great value for money. There's no need to pay extra to work in silver, as up to 70 grams is included in your workshop fee. This is enough to make quite a few pieces including a chunky ring or two (or a set of stacker rings), a pendant or two, and some earrings (or a few pairs if they are smaller). You can make as pieces as you like during the two days, and extra silver will be available to purchase at cost price.
You also get a gourmet lunch both days. So rather than attending classes week-after-week, you'll learn it all in two days. This is the only Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course in Victoria and the only course of its type in Australia.
Everyone will be making different pieces of jewellery, so you'll see how various types of jewellery is made. Classes are held around a big jewellers bench, so you'll have your own space, mircomotor and tool kit to use during the class. And, the beauty of working around this big jewellers bench is that you see what everyone else is working on. It's great fun and a really supportive environment in which to learn.
At the end of this course you’ll take home at least five finished pieces of silver jewellery - one pair of earrings, a pendant, (or a second pair of earrings) and a ring (or a set of rings). One student made 17 pieces during this workshop, another made 14 pieces. Most people make an average between 5-10 pieces.
These pieces will look professional and you'll be proud to show them off. One sterling silver necklace chain, a pair of earring butterfly backs and a pair of earring hooks are also included in your workshop fee. You can purchase additional chains if needed.
Most importantly, you'll be learn to make jewellery to suit your style and taste. The pieces you make in this class might even be the start of your first range of jewellery. You'll be able to use the skills you learn in this beginners jewellery short course to start making your own pieces of jewellery at home.
In this intensive beginners jewellery making course, you’ll learn the following:
- sawing and saw piercing
- soldering (rings, jump rings, earring posts and hooks, pendant bails)
- measuring your materials
- how to make earring hooks and posts for stud earrings
- how to make jump rings
- how to use a rolling mill
- finishing techniques
- essential studio safety
- different tools, what you do and don't need
- places to sell your jewellery
- how to price your work
- where to buy everything you need - tools, metal, findings, packaging, etc.
Like all of Pod Jewellery workshops, we work with sterling silver, you can also incorporate copper or brass into your work at no extra cost. You'll also have access to plenty of copper and brass to practise sawing, test out a texture or finish before applying it to your finished piece.
I'm a big believer of learning to use tools as you make your piece of jewellery, so we won't be spending hours doing sawing and hammering exercises. We'll be jumping straight into making our pieces and I'll provide you with plenty of guidance along the way.
You also have the option to work in gold. There will be a supply of 9ct yellow and rose gold available for purchase; however, if you'd like to make a specific piece, please get in touch beforehand to ensure I have what you need in stock. You can also make silver pieces with gold incorporated into them.
Included in your workshop fees are:
- a gourmet lunch on both days
- all tools, equipment and consumables (emery paper, solder, etc.)
- sterling silver, copper and brass
- morning and afternoon tea
- making instructions
- supplier lists
- tool list
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available for morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.
Plus, you can also ask me anything, I’m happy to share any information I have. And if you're wanting to start your own jewellery business, I can provide you with some great contacts, teach you about pricing your pieces and answer any questions you might have. This doesn't end when the workshop ends. You can always contact me at any time after the workshop if have any questions or need some advice. You're also welcome to take photos and/or video important parts of the workshop, such as soldering.
See some of the pieces of jewellery made by students in previous Intensive Beginner Jewellery Short Courses.
No previous experience is necessary. All tools and materials (including sterling silver) are provided. Written instructions, gourmet lunch and morning/afternoon tea are included in your workshop fee. Due to the amount of silver needed, we do not make silver cuffs in this workshop, you are welcome to make a cuff from copper or brass.
If you're interested in setting up a studio when you get home, the Premium Jewellery Tool Starter Kit contains the main tools you need. You can also add an Essential Soldering Kit, which will give you the pieces you need to start soldering.
If you'd like to buy a workshop as a gift but you're not sure what date the recipient will be able to attend, you can purchase a Pod Jewellery Gift Certificate. This gives the recipient the flexibility to book into a workshop at a time that suits them.
A $100 deposit is required to secure your place. The balance of $1100 is payable at least week before the workshop. You can also pre-pay your balance in instalments via direct bank deposit. Please email Bec to arrange. You can pay the balance at any time, although a payment link will be emailed to you 1.5 weeks before the workshop. This workshop is limited to six students (three during Covid-19 restrictions). A minimum of two students must be enrolled for this workshop to run.
Class times: 9am-4pm both days.
Workshop location: Workshops are held at the Pod Jewellery Studio in Kyneton - a one-hour drive north of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway. You can also catch a V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Kyneton. Kyneton is on the Bendigo line. The studio is located just out of Kyneton and is not within walking distance of the station or local accommodation. You can arrange transport from the station to the studio by calling Kyneton Ride-Share on 0458 826 393. If your class is during the week, call Kyneton Taxis on 0448 522 227.
Accommodation: While the workshop is an easy drive from Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat, you might want to stay in the area while you're here for your workshop. These accommodation providers give Pod Jewellery students a discount on accommodation when you're in town doing a jewellery making workshop.
Intensive Beginners Jewellery Making Workshop Gift Certificates
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