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Jewellery Making Workshops

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

Workshops 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 students with some experience.  

Lost Wax Ring Carving Workshop

Here's 10 things we do differently at Pod Jewellery

  1. Our workshops take just one day.
  2. There's no need to buy anything. All tools, equipment and materials (along with sterling silver) are included.
  3. You make your ring, pendant, earrings or bangle from sterling silver (not copper), or you can make it from gold for an additional fee.
  4. You make something you would like to wear that suits your taste and style. So everyone in the workshop will be making an individual design.
  5. Full-day workshops also include a delicious lunch from Little Swallow Cafe.
  6. A yummy morning/afternoon tea is included along with unlimited pod coffee and a range of teas.
  7. A $100 deposit is all you need to pay when booking your place. The balance is due one week before the workshop. You can also pay using Afterpay.
  8. If you decide to stay in our beautiful region, you'll receive a 10% discount on selected accommodation when you're completing a Pod Jewellery workshop. To see where you can stay and receive a 10% discount, go to our accommodation page.
  9. Our class sizes are small (limited to six students), so you'll receive lots of personalised help and attention.
  10. After the workshop, we send you:
    • making instructions, so you can make more pieces of jewellery when you get home.
    • 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, just in case you'd like to set up a basic studio at home. Pod Jewellery students also receive a 12.5% student discount on tools from Australian Jewellers Supplies.

    We offer the following Jewellery Making Workshops:

      • Silver ring making (includes lunch)
      • Silver earring making 
      • Pressed pendant/earring making (includes lunch)
      • Design your own silver earrings (includes lunch)
      • Lost wax ring carving 
      • Silver bangle 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 Little Swallow Cafe, which is delivered to Pod Studio. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. You can view the menu here. 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. 

         

        Special Mother's Day workshop - This Mother's Day, we're holding a special Silver Ring Making Workshop. You may want to send your mum along, come along with your mum and make rings together or for each other. If you have plans on Mother's Day, give her a beautifully wrapped gift certificate, so she can attend the workshop of her choice on a date that suits. 

         

        SILVER RING MAKING WORKSHOP  (Full day workshop, includes lunch) - $300 

        Saturday 24 February 2018 (new date)
        Sunday 4 March 2018 (Fully booked)
        Saturday 21 April 2018 
        Sunday 13 May 2018 Special Mother's Day workshop
        Saturday 19 May 2018
        Saturday 23 June 2018

        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.

        Pod Jewellery Silver Ring Making Workshop Classes Lessons

        A student with their Rose Gold engagement ring

        Sterling silver rings - Pod jewellery

        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) - $320 

        1-5pm Sunday 11 and 18 February 2018 (Fully booked)
        1-5pm Saturday 17 and 24 March 2018 (1 space available)
        1-5pm Sunday 15 and 22 April 2018 (5 spaces available)
        1-5pm Saturday 5 and 12 May 2018
        1-5pm Saturday 26 May and 2 June 2018
        1-5pm Sunday 17 and 24 June 2018

        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. 

        Wax carved ring

         

        Lost Wax Carved Ring

        Lost Wax Carved cube ring

        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.

        HALF DAY SILVER EARRING MAKING WORKSHOP - $195

        9:30am-12:30pm Saturday 17 March 2018
        9:30am-12:30pm Saturday 5 May 2018
        9:30am-12:30pm Sunday 24 June 2018

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

          

        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.

         

        DESIGN YOUR OWN SILVER EARRINGS WORKSHOP (Full day workshop, includes lunch)  - $300

        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

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

        "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 OR EARRING MAKING WORKSHOP (1.5 day workshop, includes lunch on the second day) - $370

        9am-12:30pm Saturday 24 and 9:30am-4:30pm Sunday 25 March 2018 (4 spaces available)

        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 lunch on the first day.

        Dew drop pressed pendant necklace

         

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

        Sunday 18 March 2018 (2 spaces available)
        Sunday 3 June 2018

        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.

        Bangle

        Bangle with charm

         

        Wide sterling silver bangle 

         

        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 

         

        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

        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. We do not offer fee reductions, refunds or make-up classes to students who miss classes.

        There are no refunds for students cancelling within 72 hours of the start of the workshop.

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