Keepsake metalwork class



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Nadine Treister is a jewellery artist and design educator living and working in Brunswick. With over ten years of teaching and industry experience, she has sold her designs within various retail stores across Australia including Alpha60 and Pieces of Eight in Melbourne. Nadine specialises in both jewellery wax carving and metalwork, and loves sharing her passion and knowledge for wearable objects made by hand.


Workshop Information

Make an heirloom piece your own by imprinting a keepsake item, creating a unique form or setting a gemstone – perhaps a loose gem or an inherited beauty stuck in an ugly setting?

In this two-part masterclass, you will design and create a simple ring or pendant learning the ancient technique of lost wax casting. Guided sessions with multiple demonstrations throughout, will help you bring your designs to life.

During the first session (Sunday 29th August) we will make our ring/pendant model and try out various wax carving techniques: creating form and texture through building up, carving, sawing, filing, piercing, and sizing your ring/pendant, and then preparing it for casting. You can design, experiment, play and create with the wax until you get your piece just right. After the first class your finished wax will then be taken off-site and cast into sterling silver.

In the second session (Sunday 5th September) we will learn how to properly clean and polish your casting, from removing the sprue, to filing, to sanding and finishing. Best of all, this workshop will set you up with the skills to continue this process of making at home or at the MCI workshop!

*Cost includes access to basic materials, tools and your own sterling silver ring/pendant. Please note, complex and bulky designs may incur an extra fee if more than 15grams in weight.

**Options available to gold-plate your finished castings / source and set-stones. This is calculated on an individual basis and can be discussed with your tutor once you have enrolled.

***Full amount payable upon booking to secure your place. This special limited number workshop will require 5 participants per session to go ahead so tell your friends! If the required number is not reached by Friday 20th August or the event is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will notify and process your refund.


Sunday 29th August – Session 1

9am – 12pm GROUP A

2pm – 5pm GROUP B

Sunday 5th September – Session 2

9am – 12pm GROUP A

2pm – 5pm GROUP B


Tea, coffee and home-made biscuits provided.

Once your enrollment is confirmed, you will be emailed out an inspiration kit to help you tease out what kind of design you would like to create.

If you can not attend the currently offered sessions, please get in touch with us at to express your interest in future sessions.