Half Day Beginners Silversmith Jewellery Making Workshop

Half Day Beginners Silversmith Jewellery Making Workshop

Buderim QLD

DURATION - 3 Hours

1 TO 12 PEOPLE

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What we will do

Discover the intricate work of Silversmithing!

In this beginner course, you will be introduced to the world of silversmithing - Learning the core techniques needed to help you create your own masterpieces.

These Techniques include; 

  • Sawing. 
  • Drilling.
  • Filing.
  • Sanding. 
  • Polishing.
  • Basic stone setting.
  • Shape and forge a piece of metal.
  • Techniques to pierce metal
  • How to make a ring to size
  • How to use a jewelers saw frame
  • How to use a jewelers saw and change blades
  • How to work on a jewelers bench pin
  • Using jewelers' files
  • Forging metal (how to manipulate metal with a hammer and textured stamps).
  • Soldering
  • Creating a polished finish
  • Basic Claw and Bezal Setting of gem stones

Participants will be encouraged to create a ring or pendant from a single piece of metal, a treasure you will be able to take home and enjoy for years to come. 

On site, we will provide a basic design outline for your masterpiece - however you are more than welcome to develop your own unique design from the techniques learnt. Creating jewelry is a timeless art form. A common theme in art history, it spans all cultures and continents and was a foundation practice of many master artists.

Please note that with this course everything is provided including the silver. You are more than welcome to provide your own silver if prefer.

When you handcraft jewelry from precious metals and stone they become pieces of art - something highly personal and priceless - the perfect lifelong gift for a partner, loved one or friend. As the artist you put your own personality into the piece and take it to a level beyond mundane mass produced items.

The practice of silversmithing is enjoyable, creative, tactile and meditative. The skills required are not intuitive but can be easily learned with proper instruction and equipment. Sunshine Coast's very own Nick Murray will teach you the skills needed to create a stunning finished piece.

There are two Half Day workshop time sessions running on certain days - either 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4pm. There are also full day workshops available. If the dates and times available do not suit you, please contact us and we can try arrange a suitable time for both of us. 

This class is aimed at beginners with no experience. There are other options available for those more experienced that want to further their skills. 
Half Day Beginners Silversmith Jewellery Making Workshop
Half Day Beginners Silversmith Jewellery Making Workshop

Where we will be

Located on the beautiful mountain side of Buderim on the Sunshine Coast QLD. 

After booking we will contact you to confirm your booking and to provide you with the address and any details to find us. 
 

Buderim QLD 4556, Australia. See map.

About your guide

Nick Murray SilverSmith
Hey, I'm Nick Murray SilverSmith
 Originally from England, Nick was enticed to move to Australia many years ago by its warm sun. Nick has spent over 40 years working in the Northern Territory and Northwest Queensland regions on large pastoral leases running cattle.

Out here working on the land Nick developed his silver smithing skills. Nick taps into his instinctive store of images, folk lore and emotion to capture the stark beauty and heritage of the Australian outback. Dramatic contrasts, subtle surfaces and exotic patterns are utilised to create the unique expressions of his visions in his wearable art. His pieces aim to evoke a feeling of empathy and a sense of belonging to the observer and owner.

Nick's innovative designs are influenced by his 40 years in the Outback. His work has been profiled in exhibitions throughout Queensland and NSW and purchased by galleries and private collectors, both in Australia and overseas.

Nick selects unique gemstones from around the world - pieces that intrigue him by their individuality and provide inspiration for his remarkable designs. Nick cuts and styles his own stones.

Guest requirements

  • Comfortable clothes, closed in shoes. 
  • Bring a lunch.
  • Willingness to learn and have fun. 
  • Creativity. 
  • Please bring your own lunch
Please contact to find out any additional information.

The silver is provided for this session.
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Half Day Silversmith Course

There are two Half Day workshop time sessions running on certain days - either 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4pm. Both classes are the same. There are also full day workshops available.

Discover the intricate work of Silversmithing!
In this beginner course, you will be introduced to the world of silversmithing - Learning the core techniques needed to help you create your own masterpieces.These Techniques include; 

  • Sawing. 
  • Drilling.
  • Filing.
  • Sanding. 
  • Polishing.
  • Basic stone setting.
  • Shape and forge a piece of metal.
  • Techniques to pierce metal
  • How to make a ring to size
  • How to use a jewelers saw frame
  • How to use a jewelers saw and change blades
  • How to work on a jewelers bench pin
  • Using jewelers' files
  • Forging metal (how to manipulate metal with a hammer and textured stamps).
  • Soldering
  • Creating a polished finish
  • Basic Claw and Bezal Setting of gem stones
Please note that with this course everything is provided including the silver. You are more than welcome to provide your own silver if prefer.

When you handcraft jewelry from precious metals and stone they become pieces of art - something highly personal and priceless - the perfect lifelong gift for a partner, loved one or friend. As the artist you put your own personality into the piece and take it to a level beyond mundane mass produced items.

This class is aimed at beginners with no experience. There are other options available for those more experienced that want to further their skills.  

If the dates and times available do not suit you, please contact us and we can try arrange a suitable time for both of us. 

Departure/Return Location
Buderim QLD 4556, Australia
What to wear
Comfortable clothes, closed in shoes
Included
Professional Teacher
Apron
Water
Light refreshments
All equipment
Material - Silver
Not Included
Lunch
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9 Reviews for this activity

  • Louise Kollosche -

    05-01-2019

    My Sister and I had a very enjoyable morning learning new skills. Nick is a wonderful teacher and both he and his wife were lovely hosts (in a stunning location). We are delighted with our efforts of a silver ring and bangle. Guide Response - Thank you Louise for your kind review, you were both great students and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and silversmithing skills.

  • Carmen Syed -

    05-01-2019

    Loved it! Will do it again! Guide Response - Thank you Carmen.

  • Anna Thomas -

    21-12-2018

    Today, I took my two daughters aged 11 and 13 years to try silversmithing as a Christmas gift. We all had a very enjoyable afternoon. Nick is very good at demonstrating and explaining the processes required to make the beautiful silver rings that we left with. It's all very hands-on, with all of us physically involved in the production of our own rings. A very worthwhile experience all round. Guide Response - Thank you Anna for your great review.I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and silversmithing skills with you all.

  • Jedda Bahloo -

    10-12-2018

    Awesome experience! My boyfriend and I did a class this afteroon and loved it! Created a simple ring to start and had time to play around with the leftover silver using the learnt techniques. Nick was very lovely too! Would recommend. Guide Response - Thank you Jedda for your kind review.glad you both enjoyed your lesson

  • Carly Tobin -

    09-12-2018

    We had a fantastic afternoon with Nick. We learnt a lot of basis silversmithing techniques and got to takeaway and awesome piece of jewellery! Highly recommend!! Guide Response - Thank you for your kind review

  • Lauren Cunningham -

    08-12-2018

    We had the loveliest afternoon at Nicks Beginner Silversmithing classes. He really broke down all the skills for us and it was so wonderful seeing it all come together. Will definitely be going back. Guide Response - So glad you had a great experience and enjoyed the lesson

  • Rebecca Blade -

    23-10-2018

    I had the most wonderful afternoon with Nick learning all about his silversmith history and the special art of silver! He was so accommodating in helping me make my unique necklace. I cant wait for my next class. Thank you Nick :) Guide Response - Thank you Rebecca,I enjoy a challenge

  • Margaret Hardy -

    04-10-2018

    Excellent - will be going back Guide Response - Great

  • Miriam Head -

    17-07-2018

    Had a great day with Nick learning the basics of silversmithing. He is very knowledgeable and i learnt a lot from this experience. Would highly recommend doing this workshop, would also make a great gift! Guide Response - Thank you Miriam

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