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Gypsy Setting | Gem Setting Workshop

2 intensive sessions of 6 hours each day

Next Available: Sat, 23 Jul 10:00AM (AEST)
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6 hours x 2 Days
Over 20 people have attended this class


Learn the beautiful technique of Gypsy stone setting with Melanie Ihnen in this, the latest addition to our stone setting workshops.

Also known as a flush mount setting, Gypsy setting is a valuable setting technique to add to your repertoire.  This two day workshop is perfect for intermediate students who want to add to their skill set and learn an additional technique for adding colour, texture and sparkle to their work how to make and choose the tools to achieve this.

Our 2 day Gypsy setting workshop is a perfect introduction to setting small gemstones, and a great opportunity to build up your jewellery making repertoire. Intermediate level skills are needed for this workshop. All tools and equipment, base metals, a sterling silver ring, a sterling silver disc and the cubic zirconias required are provided. You just need to turn up ready to learn and create.

The aim of this workshop is to provide students with the confidence and skills to understand the process and requirements to securely Gypsy set smaller gemstones into their jewellery. Students will learn how to make the tools required to Gypsy set the stones and will be provided with a take home kit containing drill bits, burs and tools needed continue the practice after completion of the workshop. 

Students will stone set a gorgeous sterling silver ring and if time permits a charm or earrings embellished with sparkling gems. 

Your Tutor

Melanie Ihnen. Melanie studied design at Newcastle TAFE and Jewellery and Object at Enmore Design Centre Sydney. She has since been a maker, teacher, curator and gallery director. Melanie has been teaching, exhibiting and practicing jewellery in Sydney for over 15 years and works in her studio in the CBD producing her hand made collections. Her signature works are influenced by geometric shapes, architecture and the subtle colour and tonal variations of metals. She employs the technique of Married metals working with various gold alloys and silver.

Why choose a Jewellery Making Course at SquarePeg Studios?

Our courses are taught by highly experienced and passionate teachers who are practising contemporary jewellers. This is the closest to an accredited course – without the assignments, stress and cost – that Sydney has to offer. Students not only gain the satisfaction of designing and hand-making their own piece of jewellery they also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at a contemporary professional jewellery studio while learning great new skills in jewellery techniques and design.

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What you will learn

  • Learn how to make the burnishing, and other tools for Gypsy setting.
  • Learn how to Gypsy set small gemstones.
  • Learn how to accurately measure and select the correct tools for Gypsy setting.

What you will get

  • All the consumables you need to make your projects (ie saw blades, emery paper, burrs and drill bits) as well as all the hand tools and equipment you need.
  • Tea or coffee and yummy biscuits
  • A silver ring band, silver disc, cubic zirconias to complete pieces.

What to bring

  • Covered shoes
  • It is advised to bring your own lunch as there is not much time to go out to buy. lunch.
  • A notebook and pen/pencil

What to wear

All students must wear proper enclosed shoes, long pants or skirts and have long hair tied back. Our warehouse has a concrete floor and can be cold in winter (we have some heating!) and hot in summer so please dress appropriately.

Appropriate for

Perfect for those with Intermediate level jewellery making experience.

SquarePeg Studios

376 Reviews

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 (11 reviews)
06 May 2021Gypsy Setting | Gem Setting Workshop
This was an amazing course. For all intermediate stone setters it was a great way to extend our skills. Mel was a very knowledgable and patient teacher.
SquarePeg Studios 03 July 2021

Hi Danielle, thank you for your kind words. We also think Mel is a wonderful tutor and jeweller. What next for you? Perhaps UnEarthed Sand Casting! 🔨💎Team SquarePeg

03 May 2021Gypsy Setting | Gem Setting Workshop
I absolutely loved this class, it was everything I hoped it would be. I learnt so much and feel confident in being able to incorporate Gypsy setting into my own work. It’s definitely a class for students with intermediate to advanced skills. Mel is an excellent tutor and I’d love to do more classes with her.
SquarePeg Studios 22 August 2021

Hi Amanda, thank you for your very kind words. We are so happy to hear about your wonderful experience. Mel is great, isn’t she! We are so lucky to have her as a part of the SquarePeg team. We think you would love our UnEarthed - sand casting with Sapphires class! 🔨💎

15 March 2021Gypsy Setting | Gem Setting Workshop
This was a fantastic class! Mel is a great teacher and was kind and knowledgable.
SquarePeg Studios 26 March 2021

Hi Sasha, thanks for your kind word. We also think Mel is great, such a lovely person, an awesome tutor and Jeweller too, the whole package. 💎 Kim, Director-SquarePeg Studios

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Refund Policy

  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. 

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Terms and Conditions 23/7/2021

    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 an excellent and diverse learning environment for our students.  The following terms and conditions must be adhered to, 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 date of issue. 

      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 5% administration fee. The credit note can be used for any course or workshop and is valid for twelve months from the date of issue. 

      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 will 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 6th October 2021. 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 date on which the course or workshop is scheduled 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, have been in contact with a person who has tested positive to Covid-19 or returned from an Australian “hotspot” or from overseas within the past two weeks.

    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 at that time. 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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