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Make traditional and contemporary jewellery pieces using sheet metal and wire eg. ring, brooch, pendant, earrings.
Students will learn techniques such as ring-making, wire techniques and saw-piercing.
This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced students.
Basic materials included in course fee.

Class details

4 sessions:
Tuesdays 6.00PM-9.00PM: 18/11/14 to 09/12/14

Venue: CAE Building A - 21 Degraves St, Melbourne

Teacher: Vicki Mason

Full Fee: $309.00 - Concession: $300.00 - Code: HVA15010
Additional costs may be incurred for course materials or required textbooks. Please enquire on enrolment.

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Jewellery Making

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 basic jewellery making techniques including: ring-making, wire techniques, saw-piercing, bending, shaping, twisting, filing of metals, silver soldering, metal finishing and polishing, ear hooks and drilling holes.

Techniques and processes are demonstrated then undertaken by students in this hands on class.

Students can expect to make at least 2 items (more, if time permits) as guided by the tutor, eg. ring, brooch, pendant, earrings. Please note that this is a suggested outline for beginners and can be altered with negotiation depending on individual working pace and level of difficulty applied to each project.

Students work in non-ferrous metals (copper - supplied) or may work in precious metals (silver & gold - student to supply).

Return students and those with more experience are welcome in this class, they are able to work on projects of their own undertaking at their own pace and with assistance from the tutor as required.


New students will acquire techniques allowing them to make at least two jewellery items. They will gain an understanding of precious metals and how they relate to the jewellery industry.

Return students build on their skills and acquire further and more complex techniques.

Who would find this course useful?

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

It will be of interest to those who want to try their hand at jewellery making at a more professional level than the very basic hobbyist level. It will appeal to students with a desire to realise their own designs in non-ferrous / precious metals.

Continuing students, who have done this course previously or have prior experience in Jewellery Making, are also welcome to join the class to further their skill and knowledge by working on their own projects, with some guidance from the tutor.

Sculptors and small scale silverware makers may also find some of these skills useful.

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.

Copper is supplied. If students wish to use silver or gold it will be at their own cost (silver is approx. $2.00 per gram) and it will need to be brought to class by the student. Details of suppliers will be provided in session 1.

For safety YOU MUST WEAR STRONG CLOSED TOE SHOES (no sandals) and bring an apron or shirt to protect your clothes. Long hair must be tied back.

About Vicki Mason

Originally from New Zealand contemporary jeweller Vicki Mason has a wealth of experience in the field of jewellery making. Vicki recently completed a Masters Degree in Gold and Silversmithing at ANU (Research). She runs a production practice and exhibits her own work both nationally and internationally.