Jewellery Class Description
Rich embroidery, beaded, feathery tribal jewellery, and graphic prints from geometric Aztec to floral batiks have all appeared on the runways recently as if directly torn from the pages of the National Geographic. Tribal culture has integrated contemporary wear. Create your own tribal boho accent jewellery using polymer clay beads you have made and incorporate them into your OOAK eclectic necklace for an instant ethnic hit in your wardrobe.
week 1 (May 3 6-9pm)
- how to condition clay ready for bead making
- how to shape clay into beads
- how to bake clay beads
week 2 (May10 6-9pm)
- how to finish clay beads with aging and polishing techniques
- how to design an eclectic necklace
- how to string a necklace & add a clasp securely
- how to make earings
- your own faux lapis clay beads
- incorporate beads made along with class supplies into a necklace and /or pendant and earrings
Make faux lapis beads using polymer clay.Using a polymer clay mix proposed by American artist Tory Hughes you will re-create ivory. Learn how to mimic the effect of the organic processes on ivory beads by embossing textures to simulate both the ivory structure and random pitting that occurs. Using your own ideas for future design jewellery you will make a number of beads in a variety of shapes & sizes.
Polish your beads before learning to design and string up a OOAK (one of a kind) necklace using the beads you have made from the previous weeks. Learn how to use a bead design board to create an eclectic necklace & string beads together on jewellery wire. Plus have access to beads and embellishments both tutors have collected over decades to create your own unique piece.
Dip into our world of jewellery design. Whether you are a first time crafter or love DIY this is a great workshop to experiment with lots of different elements to create an amazing tribal boho jewels. You will love the result and surprise yourself as well as your friends with your creations.
About Your Jewellery Tutors
Robin Hill (week 1) is the owner & director of Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain. Robin is passionate about original jewellery & has studied jewellery design with a wide range of international designers for the last 10 years. Robin enjoys working with a range if materials & polymer clay is a favourite. She originally studied polymer clay jewellery design with Sera Pinwill & Wendy Moore.
Christine Smalley (week 2) Established her jewellery label in 2002. Her signature designs are bold beaded necklaces & intricately detailed earrings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of jewellery design in jewellery workshops & travels the globe to source beautiful artisan components. Christine draws inspiration from the modern deco 1920s style, 1960s jet set glamour & some 1970s boho chic all of which governs her artistic expression.
She observes that generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions & not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity. So it is with that philosophy she shares her skills and knowledge of jewellery design to encourage all her students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.
Christine creates a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 13 years teaching experience Christine is dedicated to empowering her students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever her students dream!
- How to condition clay ready for bead making
- How to shape, bake & finish clay into beads
- How to design & string up beads into a necklace
- Polymer clay for bead making project
- Wire & stone chips for inclusions
- Burnt amber paint for aging
- Clasps & stringing supplies
- Filler beads incl striped and matt seed beads, horn, bone, faux turquoise
- Light refreshments & mineral water will be served throughout all workshops
- A ruler & measurements for jewellery design
- Instructional technique flyer for future reference
- Discount coupon for future beading supplies from Etelage
- Use of jewellery tools on the night of your workshop
- Your interest to learn!
- Note book for additional notes
- Sketch pad for your designs
NO jewellery making experience is necessary.
Vendor since 2016
Etelage, established in 2002, is a jewellery design studio in Sydney which offers classes in jewelllery making for individuals as well as for hens parties, corporate and .community groups.
Christine Smalley, founder of Etelage started her jewellery design journey when she was 8. The 70s was the beginning of her creative exploration. "I remember always making" stuff", but it is jewellery "small sculptures" that have captured my heart and my hands! Since that time I have inherited, collected and fossicked a vast amount of exotic, tribal and highly collectable beads and embellishments which I have used to create notably unique, beautiful and meticulously made jewellery but also over the last 15 years been a passionate jewellery teacher.
Christine creates a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 14 years teaching experience, Christine is dedicated to empowering her students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever her students dream!
She has designed for galleries such as National Gallery Australia (ACT), contributed to film incl The Great Gatsby and has produced 2 DVDs in jewellery making, distributed nationally through Lincraft, Target and maybe even your local library.
Observing that generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions and not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity, it is with that philosophy she shares her skills and knowledge of jewellery design to encourage all her students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.
So if it feels like all work and no play, Etelage offers a flexible and varied program from beginner jewellery workshops and master classes to regular monday beading meetups. Make some jewellery that will impress you as well as your friends. Pick a class that suits you, gather your girlfriends and give yourself a creative fix now. YESSS!
Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds if you change your mind or don't turn up. You are however completely welcome to send a friend in your place! Etelage reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to numbers. In this instance you will receive a full refund or you can choose to attend another workshop of the same value (or plus or minus any difference in class fee)
- Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds if you can’t attend a class for any reason.
- You are however completely welcome to send a friend in your place!. Refunds are not available due to our intimate class sizes.
- Etelage reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to numbers. In this instance you will receive a full refund or you can choose to attend another workshop of the same value (or plus or minus any difference in class fee)
- All class handouts, materials & projects are original Etelage ideas and subject to copyright.