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It provided a good introduction to jewellery making. There was a range of techniques taught and enough room for doing our own work. - 

Make traditional and contemporary jewellery and small-scale sculptures using sheet metal and wire. Covers ring-making, wire techniques and saw-piercing. Basic materials included in course fee.

Class details

4 sessions:
Thursdays 6.00PM-9.00PM: 22/01/15 to 12/02/15

Venue: CAE Building A - 21 Degraves St, Melbourne

Teacher: Tassia Joannides

Full Fee: $299.00 - Concession: $284.00 - Code: HVA15001
Additional costs may be incurred for course materials or required textbooks. Please enquire on enrolment.

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This course is suitable for both beginning and more experienced students. Beginners will work on a series of projects initiated by the tutor, allowing them to cover the basic jewellery making techniques including: bending, shaping, twisting and filing of metals; silver soldering; metal finishing, and polishing. Students may work in either precious metals (gold & silver) or in non-ferrous metals (copper & brass). Return students and those with more experience work on projects of their own undertaking with assistance from the tutor as required. Each week the course will introduce the processes required in order to complete the set exercises. The first exercise is to make a wedding band and the techniques of scribing, saw piercing, filing, soldering, sanding and polishing are explored. Ear hooks, drilling holes and some other basic techniques are covered in the last class.


New students will acquire techniques allowing them to make a range of jewellery and small silverware items. They will gain an understanding of precious metals as those metals relate to the jewellery industry. Return students build on their skills and acquire further and more complex techniques such as precious gemstones setting and finer soldering techniques.

Who would find this course useful?

This course is suitable for both beginning and more experienced students.

What you should bring

The tutor will discuss tools and materials at the first session. Students can use the tools provided in the workshop however it is recommended you buy your own hand tools (approx. $15-$200). A list of hand tools and suppliers will be provided at the first class. Students will also need to purchase some consumables such as sandpaper, matches, saw blades etc.

Base metals of copper and brass are provided. If students wish to work with silver it will be at their own cost (approx. $2.00 per gram), the tutor will advise where to purchase.

About Tassia Joannides

Tassia Joannides received her Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Monash University in Melbourne in 2004. Since then she has been living and working in Adelaide, making jewellery and sculptures from her signature material rubber. Tassia completed the associate program at JamFactory in 2006, which was followed by a residency in the Metal Design Studio.

While in Adelaide, Tassia taught jewellery courses at Adelaide Central School of Art, while continuing to build her exhibition profile. During 2008 she travelled to the U.S.A. where she undertook a short residency at Rhode Island School of Design and also exhibited in San Francisco.

Tassia's jewellery has been exhibited both nationally and overseas and her work has been featured in publications such as 500 Necklaces, and recently exhibited in Talente 2008 in Munich, Germany.