Learning Metalsmithing

What is Metalsmithing?

With a rich history and a contemporary artisan approach, metalsmithing is the fabrication of jewellery and objects, using ancient and modern metal construction techniques.

Sculpting with Jeweller's Wax

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Inspire Yourself Journal Making Workshop

Next one is 22 June 2024 at Cairns Art Gallery

Inspire yourself and create your own unique journal from a selection of foraged decorative paper, mixed with premium watercolour and drawing pages. You are welcome to bring along materials to incorporate or use what I have in my stash.

Book HERE through the Gallery


Custom Workshops

I have different workshop plans for all levels of learning from a fun ‘Textured Earring’ crafternoon you could book with a few friends all the way to the short course I run at Tafe where you can learn all the fundamentals of jewellery making.

For current available workshops book through my shop.

For a fun custom workshop with friends at your place get in  touch here I’m happy to discuss what is possible.

Private Tuition

A class room setting not appealing? Study with me by booking private tuition. Learn at your pace as a beginner, or refresh and up-level your skills. I can tailor your learning for you.

Give me ahoy to talk about tuition here



Introduction to Silversmithing

Where: Tafe North, Cairns

In this introductory short course I demonstrate fundamental jewellery making techniques using jeweller’s tools, how to solder silver, copper and brass, jewellery component making, chain and ring making, along with the principles of shaping and texturing metals. Participants will be able to create more than one finished wearable piece of jewellery to treasure in the ten hours tuition.

When: Next classes begins 6 March 2024 followed by 10 July 2024 

Wednesday evenings from 6.00-8.30 pm for 4 weeks. Booking is essential as there are limited places.

Call Tafe Queensland on 1300 308 233

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What’s in a Workshop?

I love planting metalsmithing seeds and educating people about the process of making jewellery by hand, using age old proven techniques and hand tools. Working with metal sheet and wire from scratch. 

My teaching journey began when I was asked by the Cairns Art Gallery to create some jewellery making workshops to coincide with a Robert Baines traveling exhibition in 2012. Meeting Mr Baines, (‘fan girl’ since college), I agreed and he was cool. These workshops sparked interest in the silversmithing process, demystifying how jewellery is made by hand, creating an appreciation for this ancient skill.

“My students find something satisfying about hitting metal with a hammer!” 

I then proposed a short course cirriculum  to Tafe in 2014 as there was no other jewellery making introductory classes available, and my workshops at the CAG had popped the lid on a shiny Pandora’s box. It is a very informal class about having fun, creating a keep-sake, and learning something completely different to anything else on offer here in Cairns.