A 1-day introductory course where you will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques to make a simple but beautiful sterling silver ring.
Our taster classes are perfect for absolute beginners with no previous experience. There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You do not need to be artistic or creative - you’ll be surprised what you can create under the guidance of our expert tutors.
The workshop begins with short, structured technical exercises and lots of material play in the morning. Then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated. You will be guided through the following techniques in this one day workshop:
Saw piercing - Become proficient in setting up and using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut metal to size.
Annealing/ Soldering - You will gain an understanding in how to gently heat your metal to soften it, allowing you to then decorate and shape your metal. You will learn how to measure a ring size; form, shape and use a hand held oxy/gas torch to solder your silver ring.
Texturing – You can add texture to your ring through a variety of different tools.
Finishing - You will acquire knowledge of how to file and polish your finished design and introduce colour to your work using patination techniques.
All materials are included. Including sterling silver to make your ring, copper sheet, brass sheet and consumables (saw blades, emery paper, patina).
We adhere to rules and regulations from the NSW Government and Department of Health and have put in place the recommended Covid protocols to keep our community safe at The Bench.
Disposable masks are available and we continue to encourage their use when students are not able to socially distance.
The Bench is a registered Covid safe business and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure our community can work safely and with confidence at our facility.
All visitors to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre must check-in on arrival and digital records are kept on file as required.
We will have no more than 9 students plus the tutor in any class or workshop, some workshops are capped lower. Our classroom can safely host 13 people.
The 4 square metre per person rule applies.
Protocols are in place for frequent hand washing and sanitising of surfaces and high touchpoints.
Sanitiser is available in the classroom and throughout the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
The protocols we have in place for attendance of The Bench courses are sent to all students on enrolment.
No-one is to attend The Bench classes if they are unwell.
NSW Health updates information daily so we encourage you to check the NSW Health website for updates regularly.