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Jewellery Making Workshops

Learn to make contemporary jewellery with goldsmith Bec de Podolinsky. 

Jewellery Making workshops and courses are held at Pod Studio just outside Kyneton - a one hour drive north of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway. 

Previous experience isn't necessary and these workshops are also suitable for beginners and students with some experience.

Read what our customers have to say about our jewellery courses.

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10 Things We Do Differently

  1. Jewellery workshops take one day (or two half days).
  2. We provide all tools, equipment and materials (including sterling silver).
  3. Work with sterling silver (not copper) or for an extra fee, gold or platinum.
  4. Make a piece that suits your taste.
  5. Full-day worskhops include lunch. All workshops include morning / afternoon tea.
  6. Only pay a $100 deposit when booking. Pay the balance one week before the workshop.
  7. Pay using afterpay, zipPay, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal and direct bank deposit.
  8. Get a 10% discount on selected local accommodation when completing a workshop.
  9. Our classes are small with a maximum of six students, so you'll receive lots of help.
  10. We also give you:
      • making instructions, so you can make more pieces when you get home.
      • a list of suppliers, so you know where to buy tools, precious metals and have things cast.
      • a list of tools used during the workshop.
      • You also receive a student discount when purchasing tools. Australian Jewellers Supplies offers a 12.5% discount and Koodak will give you 10% off.

    We offer the following Jewellery Making Workshops:

      • Silver ring making (includes lunch)
      • Silver earring making 
      • Pressed pendant/earring making (includes lunch)
      • Lost wax ring carving 
      • Silver bangle making (includes lunch)
      • Cuttlefish casting (includes lunch)
      • Sand casting (includes lunch)
      • Stone setting - bezel set ring making (includes lunch)
      See below for more details about each workshop and upcoming dates.

        The Pod Studio is located just outside the Kyneton township. So to save time, we eat lunch on-site during full-day workshops. Lunch is included in your workshop fee. At the start of each workshop, we place an order with a local cafe, which is delivered to Pod Studio. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. You can also bring your own lunch. It's totally up to you.

        Private tuition and private group classes are also available. Please email your enquiry here. 

        SILVER RING MAKING WORKSHOP  (Full day workshop, includes lunch)

        Saturday 17 November 2018 (Fully Booked)
        Saturday 1 December 2018 (Fully Booked)
        Saturday 8 December 2018 (Fully Booked)
        Sunday 16 December 2018 (New workshop date - 4 spaces available)

        2019 - $330 (Full day workshop, includes lunch) 
        Sunday 10 February 2019 (3 Spaces available)
        Sunday 17 March 2019 (3 spaces available)
        Saturday 6 April 2019
        Sunday 19 May 2019
        Saturday 22 June 2019

        Learn to make contemporary jewellery and create your own made-to-measure sterling silver ring. You will have lots of flexibility to make a ring band that suits your finger and can finish it with a textured, brushed, polished, oxidised or fine silver finish. This workshop is limited to five students.

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        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop.

        "A fantastic introduction to the art of silver ring making. Kyneton is a gorgeous town and Bec from Pod is an absolute gem." Cassandra from Ballarat.

        "We had a fantastic day, Highly recommend the experience." Melissa from Gordon.

        "Had an amazing day making my ring. Thank you so much Rebecca! Love what I have made, definitely going to book another class with you." Roxanne from Melbourne.

        "We had a great day. The class was awesome. Kyneton was beautiful and I hope we can do another class one day! I love that my ring is perfect for me! You helped us create something uniquely ours. Thanks Bec!" Sue from Castlemaine. 

        "I just wanted to say thank you so much for an incredible silver ring making workshop. It was so informative and inspirational. Can't wait to make some more pieces. Your knowledge and expertise greatly appreciated." Marta from Melbourne.

        I gave my husband John a silver ring making course for Christmas. He had a great time refreshing his silver making skills. Thanks for being so helpful and lovely Bec! He was most impressed with the setting and training set up you have. I now have a lovely new silver ring 😀Many thanks.” Lyn from New Gisborne.

        "I absolutely loved participating in this course. The day was very well organised and managed. Bec clearly explained, demonstrated and supported throughout the process. I was well-informed and was able to apply the skills to make my ring independently but with assistance whenever required. I will be signing up for other workshops in the future and thoroughly recommend this day to anyone with an interest. Thanks for a great day Bec!" Lisa-Jayne from Yarraville.

        LOST WAX RING CARVING WORKSHOP (2 half days in pm) - $320 

        1:30-5:30pm Sunday 18 and 25 November 2018 (4 spaces available)
        1:30-1:30pm Sunday 2 and 9 December 2018  (1 space available)

        2019 - $350 (2 half days in pm)
        1:30-5:30pm Saturday 9 and 16 February 2019
        1:30-5:30pm Saturday 16 and 23 March 2019
        1:30-5:30pm Sunday 7 and 14 April 2019
        1:30-5:30pm Saturday 11 and 18 May 2019
        1:30-5:30pm Sunday 16 and 23 June 2019

        Spend half a day learning to carve a ring from wax. This ring is then taken to Melbourne to be cast in either sterling silver, or for an extra fee gold or platinum. One week later, we will gather again for half a day to finish making your ring.

        Once you have the knowledge, lost wax carving is something you can continue from home without the need to purchase a lot of expensive tools after the workshop. You can apply the skills you learn in this workshop to carve brooches, earrings and pendants. You also receive making instructions, a list of tools and where to buy them, and all the information you will need to get your pieces cast.

        For some inspiration on the types of pieces you can make using the lost wax process, check out the Pod Jewellery Pinterest board on Lost Wax Carving. 

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        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop.

        "I really enjoyed the lost wax workshop and would recommend it for anyone wanting to make something unique! You don't need any crazy sculpting skills, just some imagination for an interesting design. Bec is very knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging, making the process easier than I expected and fun...thanks Bec!" Jacqui from Macedon.

        "It was a fabulous workshop and Bec was very inspiring. I am about to buy some basic tools so I can continue at home. Bec is a lovely, warm, relatable person. I was very pleased to receive a voucher after booking and will be doing more workshops out there for sure. The space is lovely and relaxed. The group is intimate and Bec had time for everyone. Highly recommend this workshop." Janine from Hepburn.  

        "What a wonderful class! Bec was lovely and with a small class size there was lots of direction and support. The class exceeded my expectations and I made something I never thought I could make. No artistic talent or experience needed- can't recommend highly enough. Thanks Bec, look forward to doing another workshop soon!" Candice from Barfold.

        "Loved it .. so inspiring ..have already received an order of different wax tubes to make more rings along with some tools... Bec's instruction was so clear and easy to understand, giving the novice inspiration to keep going. Her after course back up is endless. Thanks Bec for a thoroughably enjoyable time." Kay from Myrniong.

        "Bec as an artist is extremely talented at her craft. This passion that she has for her jewellery design is tranferred to her teaching. I thoroughly enjoyed the lost wax ring carving workshop due to not only that passion that Bec brings to her teaching but also her abilty to transfer her knowledge to her students in a way that is encouraging and rewarding to the participant. A wonderfull experience I will be signing up for future workshops that Bec holds. Thank you." Jane from Ballarat.

         

        HALF DAY SILVER EARRING MAKING WORKSHOP - $240

        9am-1pm Sunday 18 November 2018 (3 spaces available)
        9am-12pm Sunday 2 December 2018 (4 spaces available)

        2019
        9am-1pm Saturday 9 February 2019
        9am-1pm Saturday 16 March 2019
        9am-1pm Sunday 7 April 2019
        9am-1pm Saturday 18 May 2019
        9am-1pm Sunday 23 June 2019

        Spend half a day making a pair of sterling silver drop or stud earrings to take home and wear. Learn to saw shapes, texture surfaces, emboss patterns using leaves, lace, fabric, wire onion bags, mesh, feathers, leather or you can use one of our selection of patterned rolling plates.  You'll also learn to make earring hooks and posts, along with other skills you can use to make your own creations at home. 

        At the end of this fun class, you’ll take home your pair of handmade one-of-a-kind sterling silver earrings.

        You can see the kinds patterns you can emboss using a rolling mill on the Pod Jewellery Rolling Mill Embossed Jewellery Pinterest board.

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        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop.

        "I had the best day today, met some lovely ladies and made myself some beautiful earrings. (Thanks to my thoughtful husband and his amazing gift)
        And thank you Bec @ Pod Jewellery for being a wonderful Teacher and having such an amazing class." Therese from Bendigo.

        "This is a fantastic course. Bec is a wonderful teacher and incredibly generous in sharing her skills and knowledge. My friend and I came away with earrings we love and learnt lots of new skills in the process. I was amazed with what we managed to produce with no prior experience and in just one morning of tuition. Thanks Bec for such a great day." Rebecca from Kyneton.

        "Fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would recommend to all :)" Zoe from New Gisborne.

        "Thanks again for a great class Bec. I love my earrings and have had lots of compliments. The girls had lots of fun too. It was lovely to meet you and I'm already recommending you to others. Cheers." Caroline from Melbourne.

         

        STONE SETTING WORKSHOP (One and a half days, includes lunch on the full day) - $470

        2019
        Saturday 16 (am) and Sunday 17 February 2019
        Saturday 11 (am) and Sunday 12 May 2019

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        Learn to create a made-to-measure sterling silver ring band and bezel set a cabochon stone. We work with sterling silver in the workshop or for an additional fee you can make your ring from gold. You learn to make the entire piece, including the ring band, which will fit your finger perfectly, so you will be able to wear your ring home after the workshop. 

        Please note: this is an intermediate level workshop, you must have completed the Silver Ring Making Workshop and have some knowledge of soldering.

        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop:

        "The bezel setting workshop was fantastic. A great range of stones to choose from, along with Bec’s terrific teaching methods and really useful notes, made for a very successful outcome. The workshop is fabulously equipped and the low student-teacher ratio meant lots of attention and tailored help from Bec, who is a highly skilled artisan. I learnt new skills and further developed existing ones. I highly recommend this workshop." Bec from Kyneton.

         

        **NEW WORKSHOP FOR 2019**

        SAND (DELFT CLAY) CASTING WORKSHOP  (Full day workshop, includes lunch)  - $390

        Saturday 4 May 2019

        Learn to cast pieces of jewellery and small sculptures in sand (delft clay). Casting is great fun and has been used to make jewellery for thousands of years.

        You can see some pieces that can be cast using this method on my Pod Jewellery Sand Casting Pinterest board. 

        In this one day workshop, you will learn how to create a clay mould, so you can successfully cast your own piece. We then clean and finish your piece so it's ready to wear. We work with sterling silver in this workshop, which is included in the fee. You can also bring your own gold jewellery to melt down and cast into a new piece of jewellery. Gold jewellery must be yellow or rose gold. Due to the difficulty in casting, we do not cast white gold.

        This method can also be used to cast almost any hard object including shells, sticks, acorns, seeds, pottery, existing pieces of jewellery, nuts, keys and other metal objects, teeth, bone, gum nuts and so much more. You can bring along something you would like to cast in silver, or use one of the many objects already available in the studio.

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        PRESSED PENDANT OR EARRING MAKING WORKSHOP (Full day workshop, includes lunch) - $370

        Sunday 11 November 2018 (2 spaces remaining)

        2019
        Saturday 23 February 2019

        Spend one day making your unique piece of silver jewellery using a vintage flypress. As with all these workshops, you will have a lot of flexibility with what you would like to create. You can make a sterling silver pendant or pair of earrings in whatever shape you'd like.

        The choices are endless and at the end of the class, you will have your piece of jewellery and a template, so you can make more pieces at home. You don't need to invest in a flypress for this one, you can achieve the same result by using a vice and you don't need to make a large investment in tools to continue making these pieces at home. Workshop includes a gourmet lunch. 

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        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop:

        "Absolutely Awesome! Bec was great 👍🏽." Cassandra from Gisborne.

          

        SILVER BANGLE MAKING WORKSHOP - (Full day workshop includes lunch) - $370

        Saturday 1 December 2018 (Fully Booked)

        2019 - $390 (Full day workshop, includes lunch) 
        Sunday 10 February 2019 (3 spaces available)
        Sunday 17 March 2019 (3 spaces available)
        Saturday 6 April 2019
        Sunday 19 May 2019
        Saturday 22 June 2019

        Create your own made-to-measure sterling silver bangle. This is the perfect workshop for those who find it difficult to find a bangle that fits their wrist.

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        Here's what past students had to say about this workshop:

        "Great day spent at the Bangle making workshop, Bec is terrific in passing on her knowledge and made the day so enjoyable, very satisfying creating a lovely silver bangle for myself and cant wait to return and learn more from the talented Bec." Joy from Huntingdale.

         

        ***NEW WORKSHOP***

        SILVER JEWELLERY CUTTLEFISH CASTING WORKSHOP - (Full day workshop includes lunch) - $370 

        Saturday 24 November 2018 (3 spaces available)

        In this full day workshop, you will learn to carve cuttlefish bone and how to set up your cuttlefish bone, so it can successfully cast your design. We work with sterling silver in this workshop, which is included in the fee. You can also bring your own gold jewellery to melt down and cast into a new piece of jewellery.

        You can see some of the amazing pieces that can be cast using cuttlefish bone and the lovely pattern that's applied to the piece when it's cast on my Pinterest board.

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        TUTORED WORKSHOP ACCESS

        We're throwing open the doors of Pod Studio and giving you the opportunity to work on your own projects. You will have access to all our tools, equipment and silver solder. Sterling silver sheet, gold and silver wire is available for purchase. 

        Please note: For safety reasons, you will not be able to melt metal and create ingots in tutored access sessions. This can only be done in private wedding ring making workshops and during private tutoring sessions, as you must be properly supervised throughout this process. 

        Tutored access is only available to Pod Jewellery students. You must have completed a Pod Jewellery workshop prior to attending a Tutored Access Session.

        Tutored access is $40 per hour and bookings are a three hour minimum.

        To register your interest email bec@podjewellery.com.au

         

        PRIVATE JEWELLERY MAKING LESSONS - $75 per hour

        Private lessons are a great way to learn techniques such as soldering or how to make specific pieces of jewellery. Private lessons include the use of tools and some consumables such as sterling silver solder. All metal including sterling silver is an additional fee based on weight. This is payable on the day. You are also welcome to bring along your own metal for the workshop.

         

        COUPLES WEDDING RING MAKING PRIVATE WORKSHOP

        Handcraft your wedding rings in these private couples workshops.

        There are three types of private wedding ring workshops for couples:

        Forged Wedding Band in a Day Workshop - $900 per couple.
        Carved & Cast Wedding Ring Workshop - $990 per couple.
        Combination Forged and Cast Workshop - $950 per couple.

        Workshops are available seven-days-a-week and need to be booked at least four weeks in advance. 

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        JEWELLERY MAKING HENS PARTY

        Our Jewellery Making Hens Parties can be held at various venues across central Victoria. You and your hens will have a great morning or afternoon making sterling silver jewellery to take away and wear. 

        To find out more, please email. 

         

        WORKSHOP GIFT CERTIFICATES

        Pod Gift Certificates are the perfect present for a friend or loved one.  They can be used for a Jewellery Making workshop or tobuy some jewellery from the Pod Jewellery collection. Pod Gift Certificates are beautifully designed and arrive gift-wrapped and ready to give.

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        CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

        Places are limited to six students in all workshops and courses. A $100 deposit is payable on all workshops and courses. If you cancel less than 4 weeks prior to the start date of the workshop, your $100 deposit will not be refunded.

        If you're unable to attend, you can transfer your workshop booking to another person (for the same workshop dates only).  If the workshop does not run and is cancelled by us, you will receive a full refund or can choose be transferred to another workshop. Gift certificates are not refundable. We do not offer fee reductions, refunds or make-up classes to students who miss classes.

        There are no refunds for students cancelling within seven days (168 hours) of the start of the workshop.

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