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Jewellery Making Workshops

Learn to make contemporary jewellery with gold and silversmith Bec de Podolinsky.

Lost Wax Ring Carving Workshop

Students work with sterling silver (or gold for an extra cost) to create a ring, pendant, earrings or bangle.

Workshops are held in Kyneton - a one hour drive north of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway. A $100 deposit is all that's required to secure your place.

Here's what you get:

  • All tools, equipment and materials (including sterling silver) are included.
  • A delicious morning/afternoon tea and unlimited pod coffee and tea.
  • Your unique handmade piece of silver jewellery to take home.
  • Instructions, so you can make more pieces of jewellery.
  • A list of suppliers, so you know where to go to buy tools, precious metals, or to have things cast.
  • A list of all the tools you have used during the workshop and prices, just in case you'd like to set up a basic studio at home. Please note: Pod Jewellery students receive a 12.5% student discount on tools from Australian Jewellers Supplies.
  • A 10% discount at Flop House, if you book accommodation when completing a Workshop.
  • Small class sizes (limited to six students), so you'll receive lots of personalised help and attention.
  • The opportunity to make an unique piece of jewellery that’s customised to your taste and style.
  • The chance to meet people with common interests, as we all work around a large communal jewellers workbench.
  • The satisfaction of being able to say you made it yourself!

Classes include:

  • Silver ring making workshop
  • Earring making workshop
  • Pressed pendant making workshop
  • Design and make your own earrings workshop 
  • Lost wax carving workshop
  • Bangle making workshop
  • BYO gold ring making workshop 
  • Beginner jewellery making short courses (Coming soon)

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

Please note, where possible, we use non-toxic consumables.

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

Download the workshop dates from July to December 2017.

SILVER RING MAKING WORKSHOP  (Full day workshop) - $250
Saturday 16 September 2017
Wednesday 4 October 2017 (School holidays)
Sunday 29 October 2017
Saturday 18 November 2017

Saturday 2 December 2017

Learn the ancient craft of jewellery making 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.

A student with their Rose Gold engagement ring

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.

LOST WAX RING CARVING WORKSHOP (2 half days in pm) - $300 

1-5pm Sunday 10 and 17 September 2017 (Almost fully booked)
1-5pm Monday 25 and Thursday 28 September 2017 (School holidays)
1-5pm Sunday 19 and 26 November 2017
9-1pm Saturday 9 and 16 December 2017

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 gold or platinum (for an extra fee). 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.

Wax carved ring

Lost Wax carved rings

 Lost wax carved ring

Wax carved rings

"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.

  

SILVER EARRING MAKING WORKSHOP (half day workshop) - $185

Sunday 17 September 2017 (9am-12:30pm) - (1 place remaining) almost fully booked
Sunday 8 October 2017 (1-4:30pm)
Sunday 19 November 2017 (9am-12:30pm)
Saturday 16 December 2017 (1:30pm-5pm)

Spend half a day making a pair of sterling silver dangle or stud earrings to take home and wear. Choose from one of four drop or stud earring designs and then learn to make earring hooks and posts using sterling silver wire and many other skills you can use to make your own creations at home. 

  

"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.

DESIGN YOUR OWN SILVER EARRINGS WORKSHOP (Full day workshop) - $250

Sunday 24 September 2017
Thursday 3 October 2017 (School holidays)
Sunday 10 December 2017

Design and make your own drop or stud earrings in this one day workshop. We work together to design your own unique pair of earrings and then turn your design into reality. 

Girls weekend away

Student made silver earrings

Bec & Julie sterling silver earrings

"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.

PRESSED PENDANT MAKING WORKSHOPS (1.5 day workshop) - $360

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017 (Almost fully booked)

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 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.

 

Dew drop pressed pendant necklace

 

SILVER BANGLE MAKING WORKSHOP - (Full Day Workshop) - $350

Saturday 23 September 2017
Sunday 3 December 2017

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.

solid sterling silver bangle

 

 

BYO GOLD RING MAKING WORKSHOPS - (1.5 day workshop) - $350

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017

Gather up you scrap gold, rings from your first marriage and those ugly pieces left to you by your aunt and turn them into something you will love and cherish.

Melting gold

TUTORED WORKSHOP ACCESS

Starting in September

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

Tutored access is $30 per hour and bookings are a three hour minimum.

Tutored access will begin in our new workshop from September 2017.

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

 

COUPLES WEDDING/COMMITMENT 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 - $800 per couple.
Carved & Cast Wedding Ring Workshop - $900 per couple.
Combination Forged and Cast Workshop - $850 per couple.

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

 

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.

Hammers

 

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Positions are strictly limited on all workshops and courses. A $100 deposit is payable on all workshops and courses. If a position is cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the start date, we're sorry, but 50% of your deposit is not refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your workshop booking to another person (for the same workshop dates only).  If the workshop does not run and is cancelled by us, 100% of your workshop fees are refundable. We do not offer fee reductions, refunds or make-up classes to students who miss classes.