UnEarthed | Sand Casting with Sapphires Special Offer
from AU$465.00

UnEarthed | Sand Casting with Sapphires

An intensive 7 hour workshop with Kirra-lea Caynes

Next Available: Fri, 04 Nov 9:00AM (AEDT)
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7 hours
Over 100 people have attended this class


For the first time this Spring we bring you UnEarthed, a very special workshop presented by guest tutor Kirra-lea Caynes.

In this one day workshop, Kirra, with her passion for raw materials and natural phenomena, will guide you through the process of designing and sand-casting your own sterling silver jewellery pieces or small objects with cast-in-place sapphires or gemstones. 

Over three days in September,  Kirra-lea will lead three one day workshops designed to cater to both novices with no previous jewellery experience and more experienced jewellers who are interested in adding to their skill set. Students will complete the workshop inspired, with a sense of accomplishment and with jewellery pieces polished and ready to wear.


Kirra-lea is a qualified jeweller with over 10 years experience in the trade, having learnt many traditional and contemporary metal smithing techniques. She is a multi-award winning jewellery designer and manufacturer, winning competitions including The JAA Jewellery Awards and DGA Design Awards. She was recently won the colour category and the title of Jeweller of the Year in the 2019 JAA Design competition.

Based in Melbourne, Australia Kirra-lea works as the sole manufacturer and designer from her home studio. Kirra-lea is also an accomplished sand caster and specialises in cast-in-place rough sapphires. This unique skill has enabled her to travel around Australia teaching fellow jewellers and novices alike the ancient technique. All her rough sapphires are Australian mined by small family businesses and hobbyists. Kirra-lea also makes fossicking trips to Tasmania where she finds her own rough gemstones in the pristine North East rivers.

SquarePeg Studios is delighted to welcome Kirra-lea as a guest tutor for the first time in 2020.

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What you will learn

  • The ancient craft of sand casting silver with sapphires or gemstones set in place.

What you will get

  • 30 grams of silver
  • Sapphires - synthetic or natural
  • All the consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades, emery paper and drill bits) as well as all the hand tools and equipment you need.
  • A Selection of teas, coffee and biscuits.

What to bring

  • A notebook and pen/pencil
  • Covered shoes
  • Ideas and creativity
  • We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

What to wear

We take safety very seriously at SquarePeg. All students must wear proper enclosed shoes (no sandals or thongs), long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back.

Appropriate for

Perfect for those starting out on their jewellery making journey or students wishing to expand their skills in sand casting.

SquarePeg Studios

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SquarePeg Studios is a Sydney jewellery studio and school, established in 2011, we occupy a 200sq metre warehouse space in Marrickville. 

With studio spaces for 14 practising jewellers, a well-equipped workshop and busy jewellery school seeing around 50 students each week, SquarePeg Studios is a participatory community space created by and for the contemporary jewellery network of Sydney.

At SquarePeg Studios we have a passion for contemporary jewellery, we have excellent workshop facilities and a dedicated and talented team of tutors to help you learn everything you need to know to create your own jewellery designs in an inclusive and friendly environment.

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5.0 (31 reviews)
Rachaelrated it
27 Jun 2022
Wonderful class!! The teacher was extremely knowledgeable and it was such a friendly and welcoming environment. Learnt so much about sandcasting!!
SquarePeg Studios 27 Jun 2022

Thanks, Rachel. we are so pleased you had a great time with Kirra-lea at SquarePeg. 

26 Jun 2022
A relaxing Sunday learning a cool new technique in jewellery making is my idea of fun! Kirra-Lea is a magical, elfin tutor who is patient and extremely knowledgable....... some things just cant be communicated on youtube, its worth learning in 3D! The Square Peg is a wonder of organisation and a cornucopia of tools and equipment...... the inspirational space you've been dreaming about! Obviously I highly recommend learning sand-casting I produced two finished pieces I am pretty proud of. Thanks Kirra-Lea and Square Peg Studios.
SquarePeg Studios 27 Jun 2022

Thank you, Elizabeth. So great to hear how much fun you had and thank you for your kind words about Kirra-lea and SquarePeg; they make all the work worth it! 

Lyndallrated it
24 Jun 2022
thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, Kirra-Lee a patient, relaxed & talented artisan. looking forward to the next workshop!
SquarePeg Studios 27 Jun 2022

Thanks for the feedback Lyndall. Check out the mixed metals intermediate class scheduled for 8th November. It will be great. 

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Cancellations & Refunds

  1. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for our refund policy. If you have any questions please email us at mail@squarepegstudios.com.au. 

Terms & Conditions

  1. Terms and Conditions 1/8/2022

    SquarePeg Studios has been providing jewellery tuition at the highest level for over ten years. We bring professional jewellers and practising artists from near and far to provide our students with an excellent and diverse learning environment. The following terms and conditions must be followed to allow us to offer a professional learning environment.
    1. The course fees must be paid in full or as a pay-in instalment plan on enrolment to secure a place.

    2. SquarePeg Studios will accept cancellations in writing up to one month before the start date of the class. 

      1. SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the total fees paid to date. The credit note can be used for any course or workshop and is valid for twelve months from the issue date. 

      2. If a refund is preferred, the refund amount will be the fee paid less the 4.5% booking fee. 

    3. SquarePeg Studios will only process cancellations within one month before the start date if the students’ place can be filled. In that case;

      1. SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the total fees paid less the 4.5% administration fee. The credit note can be used for any course or workshop and is valid for twelve months from the issue date. 

      2. If a refund is preferred, the refund will be the fee paid less 9.5% booking and administration fee. 

    4. Additional terms and may apply to classes presented by guest tutors travelling from interstate or overseas. Details will be communicated on the course listing where applicable and as a part of the enrolment process. 

    5. SquarePeg Studios will facilitate transfers from one class to another more than one month before the original class start date at no charge. Transfers with less than one month notice before the original class start date will only be facilitated if the students’ place can be filled and attract a 5% administration fee.

    6. It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes. No make-up classes, refunds or credits will be issued for non-attendance of all or part of the course or workshop.

    7. If a course is oversubscribed or cancelled by SquarePeg Studios, SquarePeg Studios may refund the fee less the 4.5% non-refundable booking fee.  Alternatively, SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the total fees paid to date. The student can use the credit note for any course or workshop. The credit note will be valid for twelve months from the date of issue. 

    8. Our courses are open to students 16 years and older.

    9. Jewellery Studio Bench access is available to students 18 years and older.

    10. Some of our courses require prior learning. Therefore, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.

  2. COVID - 19 Update to terms and conditions as of 27th July 2022.

    Subject to change as per Government directives.

    1. Suppose a class or workshop cannot proceed due to NSW or Federal Government directives. In that case, SquarePeg Studios will transfer the student enrolment to the next scheduled course or workshop date and promptly notify the student of the change.

    2. If the new date is not suitable for the student, SquarePeg Studios will issue a credit note for the fees paid to date. The credit note will be valid for twelve months from the date of issue. SquarePeg Studios, at its discretion, may issue a refund less 9.5% booking and administration fee.

    3. Students attending classes or workshops must adhere to Government guidelines and agree to follow the directions of SquarePeg Studios directors and tutors concerning physical distancing, wearing of masks and appropriate hygiene measures whilst attending SquarePeg Studios.

    4. Students must not attend SquarePeg studios if they are unwell. We strongly advise students to purchase refund protection at checkout.

    5. Conditions of enrolment are subject to change. SquarePeg Studios reserves the right to defer an enrolment and issue a credit note for fees paid to date if the enrolment does not meet the enrolment criteria. This applies even in the case that the criterion has changed since the original booking was made. SquarePeg Studios, at its discretion, may issue a refund less 9.5% booking and administration fee.

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