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Beginner's Weekend - August

A great way to try out jewellery-making! Early bird pricing till 5 August.

  • Starts Aug 31
  • From 225 New Zealand dollars
  • Wellington, Whanganui-a-Tara

Available spots

Service Description

A fabulous and fun introduction to jewellery making over two mornings, this is our most popular short workshop! The students start with basic ring making in copper or brass. We begin with ring making as this process teaches students many fundamental techniques in one project, measuring, texturing, shaping, cutting, soldering and finishing are all included in this one ring. Students will learn how to measure their fingers to get an accurately sized ring, later they will also learn how to take sizing from existing rings. They are shown how to use a jeweller’s saw to cut their metal to the correct length, how to form it up and how to solder. Then they learn how to shape their rings and finish them up into a wearable piece of jewellery, all in the first class! In the first morning they are also shown how to texture metals, cut and layer shapes, melt balls of silver and other techniques to create decorative elements. Students can spend their afternoon and evening thinking about and planning their design in silver for the next day. We encourage them to carefully plan this project and think about how they might make their piece before they begin, including creating drawings and notes. (We always say drawings don’t need to be “good”, they just need to make sense to the student and their tutor!). This project can be another ring, or earrings or pendants. We have a great selection of example pieces in the workshop so they can see what’s achievable in the 3 hour time frame. Sometimes students can make more than one silver piece if they have enough time. Included in the class fee are copper and brass for practising on, a selection of sterling silver packs to choose from (depending on your project) and all consumables such as sandpaper, solder and chemicals. Extra metals and chains are available for purchase in the studio. Kids 12 and up are welcome in this class, any person under 16 years old must be accompanied by an enrolled caregiver.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Below are the Terms & Conditions for our classes. For information on access and parking info for both studios, please visit the FAQ page on our main site. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR WORKSPACE CLASSES: We require all class fees to be paid in full before the start date of the class and any extra materials taken to be paid for at the last class. Masks are no longer required in our workshops, but if students would like to wear one they are most welcome. If students are unwell or required to self isolate we will do our best to find another time for them to take the class. We will not offer refunds.  Workspace will not offer make up classes for any reason other than Covid related illness. Please take note of this, these are unprecedented times and we are doing all we can to keep things flowing smoothly but sometimes flexibility is required.  Students must follow all health and safety guidelines and all safety instructions from the tutors at all times.  Workspace is under no obligation to change students to other classes, credit or refund for classes booked. Workspace reserves the right to cancel or postpone a class if circumstances require it, students will be refunded if this is the case.  By enrolling in our classes you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

Contact Details

  • 65 Abel Smith St, Wellington, 6011

    021 169 1521

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