Stamping the inside of a ring with the carat stamp and maker's mark.

Silversmithing

These classes are tailored to your ability and no prior experience is required. Close supervision and help from Venetia will ensure you have fun, learn new skills and go home with a piece of jewellery handmade by you. You will experience the entire process from planning and design, technical sketches and manufacturing the piece. The techniques you will use include rolling out the metal, bending, stamping, soldering, hammering, filing, emerying, finishing and polishing.

There are two course options to chose from. Beginner and Continuing. The Beginner Silversmithing course is 4 weeks long and is designed for simple projects that will not include gemstones. The Continuing is an 8 week course with slightly more challenging projects that may include gemstones. 

For the complete novice the first class is dedicated to a series of mini practice projects to give you a feel for the basic techniques used throughout the course. During the subsequent classes you will be guided through your own project, step by step. The class size is limited to two students to ensure quality tutoring attention.

You will need to bring pictures, sketches and inspiration for your piece to the planning session and wear closed toe shoes and your hair tied back to the classes and bring a notebook and pen.   

Price & Duration:

Beginner: 4 weeks (4 x 3 hour classes + 1 hour planning session), $460  

Continuing: 8 weeks (8 x 3 hour classes + 1 hour planning session), $920

Each course includes your sterling silver and practice projects, a one-hour planning and introduction session before you begin. At the planning session you will meet the other student and together we will discuss and confirm your designs. Venetia will endeavour to design a piece that will be completed within your course time frame but if you don't complete your project, single 3 hour classes are available for $145 each. 

2017 Course Schedule

Continuing - 8 WEEKS

  • Tuesday, 20th June, 6 - 9pm - FULL
    • Planning Session: 9.30 -10.30am, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
    • Course dates: 20th, 27th June. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th July. 1st, 8th August
  • Saturday, 24th June, 9am - 12pm* - CLOSED
    • Planning Session: 11am - 12pm, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
    • Course dates: 24th June. 1st, 8th, Break, 22nd, 29th July. 5th, 12th, 19th August
  • Tuesday, 29th August, 6 - 9pm
    • Planning Session: 1 - 2pm, Saturday 19th August (Flexible)
    • Course dates: 29th August. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September. 3rd, 10th, 17th October
  • Saturday, 9th September,  9am - 12pm
    • Planning Session: 9:30 - 10:30am, Saturday 2nd September (Flexible)
    • Course dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th October

* Please note the breaks, these classes will be skipped and resume the following week.

 

 

Beginner - 4 WEEKS

  • Tuesday 20th June, 6 - 9pm - FULL
    • Planning Session: 9.30 -10.30am, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
    • Course dates: 20th, 27th June. 4th, 11th July
    • Saturday 24th June, 9am - 12pm* - CLOSED
      • Planning Session: 11:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
      • Course dates: 24th June. 1st, 8th, Break, 22nd July
    • Tuesday 18th July, 6-9pm - FULL
      • Planning Session: 10.30 -11.30am, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
      • Course dates: 18th, 25th July. 1st, 8th August
    • Saturday 29th July, 9am - 12pm
      • Planning Session: 1pm - 2pm, Saturday 17th June (Flexible)
      • 29th July. 5th, 12th, 19th August
    • Tuesday, 29th August, 6 - 9pm
      • Planning Session: 1 - 2pm, Saturday 19th August (Flexible)
      • Course dates: 29th August. 5th, 12th, 19th September
    • Saturday, 9th September,  9am - 12pm - ONE SPOT LEFT
      • Planning Session: 9:30 - 10:30am, Saturday 2nd September (Flexible)
      • Course dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September

    Terms & conditions:

    • Each class must reach its minimum number of students in order to go ahead. If the course does not meet the minimum it will be cancelled and your booking will be transferred to the next scheduled class.
    • Class dates are flexible and changes are allowed, by arrangement, for both parties.
    • The session date you book represents the first day of your course. The planning session will occur prior to this date.
    • The student's safety is paramount and all safety and training procedures are followed.
    • If a student is unable to make a class, a makeup session will be arranged, according to availability, if you give Venetia one weeks notice.
    • Bookings can be cancelled. A cancellation fee of 50% applies if cancelled within one week of commencement date.
    • If you do not complete your project in the course time frame, single, 3 hour classes are available for purchase at $145 each. 
    • Bad language and/or bad attitude is not acceptable. Venetia reserves the right to remove students from the course at any time. The removed student will receive a pro rata refund.
    • By booking your class you agree to these terms and conditions.  

    Photo by mammuth/iStock / Getty Images

    Pearl Stringing

    Come and enjoy a relaxed afternoon with a cup of tea and learn how to restring mum's old pearls that have been sitting in the jewellery box for years.

    If you don't have your own strand you can select from a range of pearls and beads available at the class. You will have the opportunity to learn simple beading techniques to professional knotted pearl threading.

    The class will have a maximum of 6 students and a minimum of 3.

    Books, accessories, materials and tools will be available to purchase for you to take home for your next project.

    Price & Duration:

    The class is two hours long and the price is $125 which will include the materials used on the day (excluding the strand).

      Give & Take

      Bring a strand of beads or pearls you would like to work on, if you don't have your own you can buy one during the lesson. You will go home having learned a new skill which you can use for your other projects. You will have a completed necklace or bracelet to show off to your friends and you will receive a simple reference guide to take home. There will also be tools and accessories available to purchase.

      2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

      •  9:30am, Wednesday 22nd March
      •  1pm, Saturday 17th June
      •  1pm, Saturday 18th November

      Please read the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page before booking.


      Photo by JudithKimbrell/iStock / Getty Images

      Costuming

      Cosplay, Samba, bikini competitions!

      Come and learn how to build your own costume frames. Wings, head dresses, arm cuffs, bras all need secure, comfortable and reliable framing. If you have a costume design in mind but not sure how to create the structure, come to a class to learn the techniques and skills required to make your own costume frames.

      You will learn how to shape, brace and solder the frame and then prepare the frame for the decorations.  We will not be covering the decoration aspect, only assembling the frame ready for decorating at home.

      The class will have a maximum of 3 students and a minimum of 1.

      Cost & Duration

      The class will be approximately three hours long and cost $300 which will include materials used on the day.

      Give & Take:

      You will need a comprehensive design plan with sketches and dimensions. I will need to be emailed the plans at least one week prior to class to ensure I have all the materials we will require. You will receive a new skill you can use for all your future costumes, a completed costume frame (unembellished), a list of tools and materials and where you can buy them from, a list of the health and safety requirements of working with these materials.

      Please note: The above image is an example of what could be made, it was not made by Venetia or her students. Image is used under license.

      2017 class schedule

      Class dates are yet to be determined. Please express your interest by sending me a contact form and let me know when your comp or event is and I will schedule a class to suit.

      Please read the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page before booking.


        Your teacher:

        Venetia Major is a trade qualified jeweller and gemmologist and has been repairing and making jewellery since 2004. She is a full time manufacturing jeweller working from her fully equipped studio in Charnwood, Canberra.

        Terms & conditions for all classes:

        • Each class must reach its minimum number of students in order to go ahead. If the course does not meet the minimum it will be cancelled and your booking will be transferred to the next scheduled class.
        • Class dates are flexible and changes are allowed by arrangement for both parties.
        • The session date you book for the silversmithing classes represents the first day of your course. The planning session will be arranged separately prior to this date.
        • The student's safety is paramount and all safety and training procedures are followed.
        • If a student is unable to make a class, a makeup session will be arranged, according to availability, if you give Venetia one weeks notice.
        • Bookings can be cancelled. A cancellation fee of 50% applies if cancelled within one week of commencement date.

        If you have any questions about the classes please don’t hesitate to call on 0420 636 224. I will be more than happy to discuss your enquiry.
        — Venetia Major

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