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UnEarthed Workshop with Kirra-lea Jewellery

  • CLAW Creative Workshop 120 Alexandra Parade Fitzroy, VIC, 3065 Australia (map)

Welcome! My name is Kirra-Lea and I am a trade-qualified jeweller who has been manufacturing for over 10 years. My passion lies in contemporary jewellery, particularly inspired by raw materials and natural phenomena. I have been using the sand casting technique for over 5 years and for the past 3 I have been doing cast in place sapphires.  - BOOK NOW!



In this one day workshop, you will learn how to create a clay mould, place sapphires correctly inside the mould and cast them in place with sterling silver. You have the option to clean up your cast pieces, finishing them off ready to wear home. Or spend the day casting, taking your unfinished pieces home to clean up. We work with sterling silver in this class; up to 30g is included in the fee. This should allow you to make up to three pieces. If you would like to spend the whole workshop casting you have the option of buying more sterling silver (charged at cost price per gram) or bring your own gold or silver. Maybe you have some old jewellery you don’t wear anymore? We can melt it down and cast it into a new pieces of jewellery!

Sand casting can be used to replicate almost any hard object and turn it into precious jewellery. Many objects found in nature can be appropriate like shells, coral, sticks, gum nuts, acorns. But you can also use a variety of metal objects like existing pieces of jewellery, keys, spoons, and so much more. You can bring along an assortment of objects you would like to cast in silver. (Not all objects are appropriate to make a sand mould of so bring a few options.) You can also choose from the many objects already available in the studio.

The rough sapphires supplied for this class are from a mine in Queensland. The rough comes in a verity of colours, shapes and sizes. Something for everyone! You are more than welcome to bring along your own stones to cast in place. Faceted or cabochon stones can be fun to experiment with! But the only stones that are hard enough to be cast in place are diamonds, sapphires, rubies, zircons, spinels and hematite. All other stones will be too fragile and will shatter.    

If you would like to make a more intricate or complex piece of jewellery that you carve yourself, then you might want to consider the Psychic Deserts workshop. Please note, lost wax carved pieces are not cast in the workshop, and the classes run over two half days. 

No previous experience is necessary! All tools, equipment and materials (including a sterling silver piece weighing up to 30 grams and rough Australian sapphires) are provided. Written instructions, snacks, tea and coffee are included in your workshop fee. This class is limited to six students.

What to expect:

·         All tools, equipment and materials will be provided.

·         You will take home an UnEarthed piece with rough sapphires

·         Snacks, tea and coffee

·         Written instructions so you can make your piece easier

·         The satisfaction of completing one or more pieces from scratch in one class.

What to wear:

·         Tie back long hair

·         Glasses if you wear them

·         Long pants

·         Closed in shoes

·         Don’t wear white, it will get dirty!

Cost: $435

Duration: 7 hours over one class 10am – 5pm

Workshop location: Workshops are held at the Claw Creative studio 120-122 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy Melbourne.