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Class No 913 – fee $420 + $45 Materials fee




Jewellery making is an incredibly satisfying activity, it can be super simple, or careful and complex. The piece you make can be a puzzle to solve, or a fun happenstance that is the result of experimentation and accidental discovery.

For this class, we’ll focus on some of the most fundamental techniques in jewellery making – soldering, cutting and simple stone setting. Working in copper and silver, sheet and wire, metals can be formed into simple textured rings, earrings or pendants. Using beautiful precious and semi-precious gemstones, we will learn bezel setting for a ring, or a pendant.

Beginner students will be guided in some basic set projects, with some room for flexibility within them; more advanced students can bring existing projects, learn slightly more complex forms of setting using bezels and attached claws for different types of stones.

The week will begin with some lessons in the basics of soldering for small and large items. More advanced students will be encouraged to try soldering joints they may not have tried before, or to try a scale (size) they have not had success in before. The basics of bezel setting will be taught to beginner students, and they will be set their projects, of either a ring, or a pendant set with a stone, or simple textured pieces, which could be earrings or even a simple brooch.

More advanced students will be shown more complex styles of setting and will be encouraged to design and plan a project/s to complete in the week. Some of the lessons for advanced students will be around technique, and some around design, planning and time management.

Basic materials in copper, and consumables will be supplied, and each student will be given a “materials allowance” to use on stones, silver and other bits they may need up to $30. Additional materials can be purchased as needed. This means that most should be able to make one or two small items such as a silver ring set with a small stone, and perhaps a pair of small studs within that materials allowance depending on the choice of stone. This means students can have a fair bit of choice over what they create and use.

Vaune is a Wellington based jeweller and object maker. Her work is eclectic and embraces a love of process, texture and colour. As a maker, she is well known for her sense of fantasy and dreamlike imagery, as well as her consideration for the wearer, often including a secret image on the back or the insides of pieces. She has been teaching jewellery making for ten years at her workshop: Workspace Studios Ltd, as well as short courses at Whitireia NZ, and The Learning Connexion. Vaune exhibits her work at Galleries and Boutiques around the country, and at her in-studio shop: The Makers.





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