Handmade Jewellery for Beginners *Special Edition*

Need some you time?

My Wednesday night beginners’ jewellery making classes are the perfect excuse to chill out and get creative. Term three begins this coming Wednesday, the 31st of July, 6-9pm, and is a bit of a special one so don’t miss your chance to enrol.

For this special edition of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners I will be running a seven week wax working class where we will run through all the basics of wax carving. Over seven weeks, you will explore, experiment and discover the wonderful art of wax carving and have your favourite models cast in precious metals. Once the casting process is completed, I will show you how to transform your creations into a beautiful, wearable artworks.

As I mentioned, this is a special edition class and won’t be back for some time, so make sure you book in now to reserve your spot.

From wax to wearables. Learn how to carve, melt and form wax into beautiful jewellery pieces.

From wax to wearables. Learn how to carve, melt and form wax into beautiful jewellery pieces.

I have also just added some new dates for my one day Make Your Own Earrings and Make a Bezel Set Pendant classes which are a great taster for those who are brand new makers. For more information, head on over to the class page of my website.

Learn how to make your own beautiful gemstone pendant using the ancient technique of bezel setting. All materials are provided.

Learn how to make your own beautiful gemstone pendant using the ancient technique of bezel setting. All materials are provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Term Two of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners Starts Next Week - Don't Miss Out!

My goodness, Term one has just flown by! We recently finished up with the first round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners and had a lovely group of ladies come together each week to share their projects and stories. The class got off to a flying start with an introduction to the versatile art of ring making, a great beginners’ project. We then ran through some great techniques which helped students develop their own designs to finish with and everyone left with a very personalised piece of jewellery.

This term has also been jam packed with private classes which are a great opportunity for students to work with me, one on one, to take their jewellery skills to the next level. Two of my private students, Vesna and Lilly, have been working on their very own bezel set rings which introduced them to a wide range of useful skills while also leaving them with their very own custom-made ring at the end of the project.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

The lovely Lilly Buttrose setting her first cabochon gemstone during our one on one class together.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Lilly’s beautiful finished silver ring.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

Vesna’s gorgeous chrysoprase and brass ring all ready for setting.

If you are needing some time out for yourself and feel inspired to develop your sense of creativity, you have just over a week to sign up for the next round of Handmade Jewellery for Beginners. Running over seven weeks from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings, the class is a great place to start your jewellery making journey within the relaxed, social environment of my Studio Gallery in Glenelg South.

I have also just added some new dates for my one day classes, Make Your Own Earrings and Make a Bezel Set Pendant, as well as the term three dates for Handmade Jewellery for Beginners for your to mark in your calendars.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Claire Brooks Studio Gallery and look forward to seeing you next class!

The Next Big Thing...

For much of the year I have been keeping a pretty huge secret and I am both ecstatic and relieved to finally share it with you!

The lease is signed, the keys are collected and I am thrilled to announce that in August this year, I will be opening up my very own studio, gallery and teaching space in Glenelg South.

Positioned perfectly amongst a cute little group of shops and just a short walk from the beach, the gallery will be a space for purchasing exquisite handmade jewellery and rediscovering your creative side. I am currently working with local artisans to help me with custom built displays and furniture and have been busily welding up some new goodies to make it my own.

My little shop. There is lots to do but it will look great when its all done.

My little shop. There is lots to do but it will look great when its all done.

There is a large room at the front of the shop where I will host classes, set up my studio and display my work for customers to see. Out the back is a smaller room, which will be used for heavier machinery and hammering, as well as a little veranda where students can enjoy a cup of tea in the sunlight. 

There is a large room at the front of the shop where I will host classes, set up my studio and display my work for customers to see. Out the back is a smaller room, which will be used for heavier machinery and hammering, as well as a little veranda where students can enjoy a cup of tea in the sunlight. 

This new space is a great opportunity for a fresh start, bringing you all of the awesomeness promised in my crowd funding campaign, only better. As originally planned, I still want the space to be inviting, nurturing and community orientated, however, I am also nutting out some potential extra features such as day bench/tool hire and an area where I can consult with clients. Having my own venue will also allow more flexibility to offer extra classes and specialty workshops with guest tutors in future.

I've been welding up some new goodies for the gallery. Can you guess what these will be?

I've been welding up some new goodies for the gallery. Can you guess what these will be?

Class dates and the big launch party will be announced in the not too distant future, so stay tuned and make sure you subscribe to my mailing list so that you don’t miss out!