Jewellery Making Courses
Workshops are now being held with social distancing measures in place for those living in regional Victoria. Until further notice, there will be a maximum of three students in group workshops.
We are unable to eat lunch in one of the local cafes due to social distancing requirements, so if your workshop includes lunch, this will be ordered from a local cafe and delivered to the studio. A menu will be emailed to you in advance. Lunch is included in your course fee. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
Due to Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, I am currently unable to accept students from in Metropolitan Melbourne. At this stage we are unsure when workshops will resume for those living in metropolitan Melbourne and Interstate. If you are booked in for a workshop during this time, we will be contacting you to transfer you into another workshop either in December or in the first half of 2021.
We are following advice from the Australian Government in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your safety and wellbeing are our highest priority.
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Jewellery Making Workshops
Learn to make contemporary jewellery with goldsmith Bec de Podolinsky.
Jewellery making 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 fun jewellery classes are suitable for beginners and students with some experience. You'll have the chance to design your own piece of jewellery and in most classes, everyone will be making something different.
Our students come from all over Australia and internationally including the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Malaysia, China, Japan and New Zealand.
You can see what past students have made on the Pod Jewellery Pinterest Board.
Read what our customers have to say about our jewellery courses. Pod Jewellery has a five star rating on Google, Facebook, Trip Advisor and via independent reviews our website. You read these reviews by clicking on a workshop.
10 things we do differently
- Jewellery workshops take one day (or two half days).
- We provide all tools, equipment and materials (including sterling silver).
- Work with sterling silver (not copper) or for an extra fee, gold or platinum.
- Design your own jewellery and make a piece that suits your taste.
- Full-day worskhops include lunch. All workshops include morning / afternoon tea.
- Only pay a $100 deposit when booking. Pay the balance one week before the workshop or pre-pay your balance in instalments via direct bank deposit.
- Pay using afterpay, zipPay, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal and direct bank deposit.
- Get a 10% discount on selected local accommodation when completing a workshop.
- Our jewellery classes are small with a maximum of six students, so you'll receive lots of help.
- 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 precious metals and have things cast.
- a list of tools used during the workshop. Tool kits are available for purchase from Pod Studio or online here.
We offer the following Jewellery Making Workshops:
- Intensive beginners jewellery making (includes lunch)
- Silver ring (includes lunch)
- Silver earring/pendant
- Lost wax silver ring
- Silver bangle (includes lunch)
- Cuttlefish casting (includes lunch)
- Sand casting (includes lunch)
- Stone setting - bezel set ring making (includes lunch)
- Stone setting in wax (includes lunch)
Private tuition and private group jewellery making classes are also available. Please email your enquiry here.
Scroll down for more details about each workshop and upcoming dates. A minimum of two students are required for a workshop to run.
Pod Studio is located outside Kyneton, so we head into town to eat lunch at one of our amazing local cafés. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available. Lunch is included in the workshop fee for full day workshops.
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. Pod 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.
INTENSIVE BEGINNERS JEWELLERY MAKING SHORT COURSE $900 (Two full days - 9am-5:30pm - 15 hours, includes lunch both days) - NEW COURSE
Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September 2020 (Fully booked)
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October 2020 (Fully booked)
Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 2020 (1 space available)
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November 2020 (2 spaces available - New workshop date)
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020 (Fully booked)
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 December 2020 (1 space available)
Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December 2020 (Fully booked)
Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December 2020 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December 2020 (2 spaces available)
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 (1 space available)
Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February 2021 (1 space available)
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April 2021 (3 spaces available)
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June 2021 (3 spaces available)
This intensive beginners jewellery making course is 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. There’s no additional costs and no need to pay extra to work in silver, it’s all included. And rather than attending three-hour classes week-after-week, you'll learn it all in two days.
Everyone will be making different pieces of jewellery, so you'll see how various types of jewellery are made. Classes are held around a big jewellers bench, so you'll have your own space and tool kit to use during the class. And, the beauty of working around this big jewellers bench is that you will 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 three to four finished pieces of silver jewellery - one pair of earrings, a pendant, (and/or a second pair of earrings) and a ring.
This course is 15 hours in total and during Covid-19 restrictions, is limited to three people. Both days, we will order lunch from a local cafe and this will be delivered to the studio. A menu will be emailed to you in advance. Lunch included in your course fee. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
SILVER RING WORKSHOP $350 (Full day workshop, includes lunch)
Wednesday 7 October 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
Friday 13 November 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
Sunday 6 December 2020 (Fully booked)
Sunday 13 December 2020 (1 space available)
2021- $380 (Full day workshop, includes lunch)
Sunday 28 February 2021 (1 space available)
Friday 12 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 (3 spaces available)
Sunday 23 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
Create your own made-to-measure sterling silver ring in one day. No previous experience is necessary. 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.
You'll learn to saw, file, solder and emery your ring. You can then choose to polish, hammer texture, brush or oxidise the surface of your silver ring. At the end of this fun class, you’ll take home your beautiful handmade sterling silver ring. You can see rings made in this class on the Silver Ring Pinterest Board.
If you'd like to make a more detailed ring, a ring that isn't round, or chunkier ring, rather than a band, then consider the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop. Working with lost wax is a skill you can continue to use when you get home, without needing to spend thousands of dollars on tools. If you'd like to make signet rings, you'll need to book in for the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop .
The Silver Ring and Silver Bangle Workshop are held together, so if you are coming along with someone else and one would like to make a ring and the other a bangle, just book in for the Silver Ring or Silver Bangle Class on the same date, and you'll be making your pieces together.
LOST WAX SILVER RING WORKSHOP $380 (2 half days)
2-6pm Sunday 20 September and Saturday 3 October 2020 (Fully booked)
Tuesday 22 September and Tuesday 6 October 2020 (Fully booked)
9am-1pm Sunday 11 October and Sunday 1 November 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
2-6pm Tuesday 6 and 20 October 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
2-6pm Sunday 1 and 9am-1pm Sunday 22 November 2020 (2 spaces available - New workshop date)
2-6pm Sunday 8 and 22 November 2020 (3 spaces available)
2-6pm Tuesday 10 November and 9am-1pm Wednesday 25 November 2020 (3 spaces available - new workshop date)
9am-1pm Tuesday 1 and 15 December 2020 (2 spaces available)
2-6pm Tuesday 1 and 15 December 2020 (3 spaces available)
2-6pm Saturday 5 and 12 December 2020 (1 space available)
2021- (2 half days)
9am-1pm Tuesday 9 and 23 February 2021 (3 spaces available)
2-6pm Tuesday 9 and 23 February 2021 (Fully booked)
2-6pm Saturday 13 and 27 February 2021 (Fully booked)
2-6pm Tuesday 16 and Tuesday 30 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
2-6pm Sunday 21 March and Sunday 11 April 2021 (1 space available)
2-6pm Saturday 8 and Saturday 22 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
Spend half a day learning to carve a ring from wax. The 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 sterling silver ring.
Working with wax is really relaxing, students often describe it as therapeutic. Many people who have completed this workshop have continued making jewellery from wax as a hobby. A number of people have started their own small businesses making and selling their own jewellery.
Once you have the knowledge, lost wax carving is something you can continue from home without needing 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 and all the information you will need to get your pieces cast. You can also purchase a Lost Wax tool kit, which has everything you need to start making pieces as soon as you get home.
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 Making.
The Silver Earring Making Workshop is held in the morning before the Lost Wax Ring Making Workshop, you may want to attend both workshops. Read more about Silver Earring workshop here.
This workshop is a pre-requisite for our Stone Setting in Wax Workshop
If you're unable to make the second half of the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop on the date listed, get in touch to arrange joining the second half of the workshop at a later date.
HALF DAY SILVER EARRING/PENDANT WORKSHOP - $300 (4.5 hours 9am-1:30pm)
Tuesday 20 October 2020 (3 spaces available - New workshop date)
Saturday 31 October 2020 (2 spaces available)
Sunday 8 November 2020 (Fully booked)
Tuesday 10 November 2020 (3 spaces available - new workshop dates)
Friday 20 November 2020 (2 spaces available)
Saturday 5 December 2020 (Fully booked)
Tuesday 8 December 2020 (Fully booked)
Saturday 13 February 2021 (2 spaces available)
Sunday 21 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Sunday 11 April 2021 (3 spaces available)
Spend half a day designing and making a pair of sterling silver drop or stud earrings, or a pendant 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, posts or a pendant bail, 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 or a pendant.
The Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop is held in the afternoon following the Silver Ring Workshop, you may want to attend both workshops. Read more about Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop.
STONE SETTING IN WAX $550 (Two days, includes lunch on the first day) - NEW WORKSHOP
9:30am-4:30pm Sunday 4 and 1:30-5:30pm Saturday 31 October 2020 (1 space available)
9:30am-4:30pm Saturday 10 October and 2-6pm Monday 16 November 2020 (1 space available)
9:30am-4:30pm Friday 6 and 2-6pm Friday 20 November 2020 (1 space available - New workshop date)
9:30am-4:30pm Wednesday 11 and 1:30-5:30pm Wednesday 25 November 2020 (Fully booked)
9:30am-4:30pm Saturday 21 November and 9:00am-1pm Saturday 12 December 2020 (1 space available)
9:30am-4:30pm Wednesday 2 December and 2pm-6pm Monday 14 December 2020 (Fully booked)
9:30am-4:30pm Saturday 14 and 9am-1pm Saturday 27 February 2021 (3 spaces available)
9:30am-4:30am Saturday 10 and 9am-1pm Saturday 8 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
9:30am-4:30am Sunday 9 and 9am-1pm Sunday 22 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
This intermediate stone setting course is a follow-on from the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop.
In this class, you'll learn several different types of setting and then put them into practice to create two rings in wax that will be then cast into silver.
The setting styles covered include:
- setting stones into wax, which will then be cast into place.
- setting a facetted gemstone in a flush (gypsy) style of setting.
- building a setting to fit a gemstone or crystal and then setting the stone after the ring has been cast.
On the first half day you work with wax to carve your ring, create your settings or set your stones in wax. The wax rings are then taken to Melbourne to be cast in silver (a 15 gram silver ring is included in the course cost), or gold or platinum (at an additional cost). We gather again for half a day one week later so you can clean and polish the rings and set your stones.
Many types of stones cannot be cast in the wax, as they can't take the heat of the casting process. So knowing how to set stones after the piece has been cast will give you more variety in terms of the types of gemstones you can use.
Please note: this is an intermediate wax setting class, you must have completed the Lost Wax Silver Ring Workshop or have experience carving wax.
STONE SETTING BEZEL SET RING WORKSHOP $550 (One and a half days, includes lunch on the full day)
Dates to be confirmed
Learn to create a made-to-measure sterling silver ring band and bezel set a cabochon stone in this stone setting course. 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 gemstone setting class is of an intermediate level, you must have completed the Silver Ring Workshop, the Intensive Beginners Jewellery Short Course or jewellery classes elsewhere and have some knowledge of soldering.
SAND (DELFT CLAY) CASTING WORKSHOP $420 (Full day workshop, includes lunch)
Sunday 29 November 2020 (Fully booked)
2021 - $420
Saturday 20 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
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 have been cast using this method on the 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.
SILVER BANGLE WORKSHOP - (Full day workshop includes lunch) - $420
2021- $450 (Full day workshop, includes lunch)
Sunday 28 February 2021 (3 spaces available)
Friday 12 March 2021 (3 spaces available)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 (3 spaces available)
Sunday 23 May 2021 (3 spaces available)
Create your own made-to-measure sterling silver bangle in one-day. This workshop is perfect if have trouble finding a bangle that fits your wrist or can't find a style that you like. Previous experience is not necessary.
Many bangles are made from hollow tube. Bangles in this workshop are made from solid sterling silver. Choose the profile (shape) of the silver including half round, oval, square, round or rectangle and then decide whether to make a round or oval bangle. At the end of this fun class, you’ll take home your beautiful handmade sterling silver bangle.
The Silver Bangle and Silver Ring Workshop are held together, as the technique is similar, so if you are coming along with someone else and one would like to make a ring and the other a bangle, just book in for the Silver Bangle or Silver Ring class on the same date, and you'll be making your pieces together.
SILVER JEWELLERY CUTTLEFISH CASTING WORKSHOP - (Full day workshop includes lunch) - $420
Saturday 28 November 2020 (1 space available)
2020 - $420
Friday 26 March 2021 (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.
PRIVATE JEWELLERY LESSONS - from $400 for a three hour minimum
Private jewellery making lessons are a great way to learn techniques such as soldering or how to make specific pieces of jewellery. You can choose to com e along as an individual or a small group. 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.
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 - $950 per couple.
Carved & Cast Wedding Ring Workshop - $950 per couple.
Combination Forged and Cast Wedding Ring Workshop - $950 per couple.
Bring Your Own Gold Wedding Ring Workshop - $1250 per couple.
Workshops are available seven-days-a-week and need to be booked at least four weeks in advance.
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.
Pod Gift Certificates are the perfect present for a friend or loved one. They can be used for a Jewellery Making workshop, to purchase jewellery tools or to buy jewellery from the Pod Jewellery collection. Pod Gift Certificates are beautifully designed and arrive gift-wrapped and ready to give.
Places are limited to six students in all jewellery workshops and jewellery making courses. A $100 deposit is payable on all workshops and courses. If you cancel less than four 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 any jewellery making courses or workshops.