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, picking the gemstones to 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. 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 to wear closed toe shoes and wear your hair tied back to the classes. You will take home a finished piece of jewellery, digital photographs of your piece, a Certificate of Completion and first preference for booking your next class.

Price & Duration:

The price of the course is $575 and includes your sterling silver. The course will run over 5 consecutive Tuesdays, 6 - 9pm OR 5 consecutive Saturdays, 9am - 12pm.  The course also includes a one-hour planning and introduction session before you begin.

 

2017 Course Schedule

  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm - 7th March, 14th March, 21st March, 28th March, 4th of April. - FULL
  • Saturday, 9am - 12pm* - 8th April, Break, 22nd April, 29th April, 6th May, 13th May. - FULL
  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm* - 18th April, 25th April, Break, Break, 16th May, 23rd May, 30th May - FULL
  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm - 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July, 18th July.
  • Saturday, 9am - 12pm* - 24th June, 1st July, 8th July, Break, 22nd July, 29th July.
  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm - 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August.
  • Saturday, 9am - 12pm -  5th August, 12th August, 19th August, 26th August, 2nd September.
  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm - 29th August, 5th September, 12th September, 19th September and 26th September.
  • Saturday, 9am - 12pm - 9th Sept, 16th Sept, 23rd Sept, 30th Sept, 7th of October.
  • Tuesday, 6 - 9pm - 3rd October, 10th October, 17th October, 24th October, 31st October.
  • Saturday, 9am - 12pm - 14th October, 21st October, 28th October, 4th November, 11th November.

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

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


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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