We believe in the power of adornment and creativity. Etelage, is a Sydney based jewellery studio, where the love of learning, creativity, the planet, and people become infused. We offer hands-on workshops for beginner crafters to passionate jewellery makers and designers.
Learn how to string chunky necklaces, knot eclectic beads, link chandelier earrings, use buttons and buckles in jewellery design, and more at our friendly and intimate studio spaces in Rozelle and Summer Hill. Alternatively we can travel to your venue. (for group bookings only).
Cannot get to a workshop? Check out our FREE VIDEO TUTORIALS ONLINE.
WE ALSO OFFER PRIVATE TUITION – A PERSONAL AND DYNAMIC PRIVATE CLASS.
- does it feel like all work and no play?
- want to nurture your creative soul and learn a new skill?
- want to become a better jewellery maker and jewellery designer?
I am a local jewellery designer, passionate educator, author, community-spirited and sustainable style advocate. My ambition is to help you develop excellent technical jewellery making and design skills and inspire you to greater creative depth in your jewellery making adventures using beautiful modern and vintage elements sourced ethically and sustainably.
I invite you to come and learn some simple jewellery making techniques with a local jeweller, which will impress you as well as your friends.
Let’s make and play together!
While there’s no doubt that things are different, it’s time for our incredibly resilient community to safely take its first steps as we enter life after lockdown. We will continue to update our operations as we follow the Advice and Official guidance through SafeWork NSW for NSW workplaces going forward.
Embracing creativity, acts of kindness, virtual connection and SLOW are great remedies in these times for our wellbeing.
In the meantime, we hope you and yours stay well.
Chris and the Etelage Team xx
WHAT YOU GET?
- a creative studio space with no stress and no distractions
- a group of like minded people enjoying making, crafting and some sweet treats
- small group hands on experience workshop
- leave with an amazing piece/s of jewellery which will impress you as well as your friends
- loads of inspiration and a spark of creative passion
On the day EVERYTHING IS SUPPLIED but you also have the opportunity to buy tools, earring parts and beads to continue your creativity at home with your newly learnt jewellery skills. You will leave inspired and empowered to practice what you have learnt.
Our jewellery classes are ideal for craft novices or those with some experience of jewellery making. Some are technique driven whilst others are more experience driven and you are the designer.
JEWELLERY CLASS VENUES
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studios
- ROZELLE 760 Darling St (next door to La Coq, cnr Denison St)
- SUMMER HILL 16 Flour Mill Way (just minutes from light rail stop Lewisham West and Summer Hill Railway station)
- or we can travel to you for groups of 8 or more!
We are passionate about the maker culture and observe that generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions and not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity. So it is with that philosophy we love teaching you technical skills and jewellery design to encourage all of our students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.
Beginner Jewellery Basics – technique driven $149 3 hours
Love wearing jewellery?
Want to learn the basics of jewellery making?
Wanting to brush up on core technical skills?
Then this jewellery workshop is for you!
In this hands-on workshop you will learn the two most commonly used techniques in costume beaded jewellery making (stringing and linking beads) plus loads of finishing touches and professional tips.
What You will make and Take on the Day:
• An illusion choker strung on flex wire and simple drop earrings using Czech glass crystals
• A linked crystal choker and earrings.
• Make and finish the pieces in your choice of colour.
Chandelier Earrings + Stylists Secrets – design driven $115 2 1/2 hrs
Whether you are a first time crafter or love DIY this is a great workshop to experiment with lots of different elements to make your fabulous statement earrings and experience a workshop as the designer.
Wear your earrings large?
Want to know what earrings suit my face shape?
Want to make some spectacular earrings for the party season?
Then this workshop is for you!
Discover how easy it is to make statement earrings—think sculptural oversized styles and solo danglers with a dose of colour or not.
Whether your face shape suits linear, drop, chandelier, beaded fringe, or you just want high-octane colour, you are the designer.
Make: 3 pairs of notably unique statement earrings which will impress you as well as your friends!
Retro Jewellery Class: Chunky Necklace, Earrings 2 hours $135
Make sustainable jewellery using 1960s plastic and 1970s wood which is notably unique to your style!
Learn how to create your own beaded statement necklace and earrings using vintage treasures in this beginner jewellery making class. Once you learn this simple technique, your DIY jewellery options will be endless!
Necklaces are an important part of an outfit, whether they accentuate what you’re already rocking or they act as the main, statement focus. They are more than just an accessory, but instead a focal point that makes an outfit and allows you to flaunt your notably unique style and acts as an agent of your personality. A bold chunky necklace worn with a simple white T or your favourite little black dress can make a big statement, plus when you have designed and made it yourself will impress you as well as your friends.
You will make an eclectic necklace and a pair of statement earrings using unique materials from our creative tool box.
Create your pieces from our vintage treasures most of which are sourced globally from house basements or on dusty warehouse shelves in the Bohemia area of Europe (formally Czechoslovakia and West Germany) which was the 19th-century hub for jewellery and bead manufacture.
Lucite, a form of acrylic resin, is similar to Bakelite, both of which are popular mid-century collectables.
Lucite was discovered in 1931 by Du Pont chemists. It was among the first plastics derived from petrochemicals and was sold to jewellery manufacturers after the war. Beads were mass-produced in the 1960’s – early 1980s using this material. We will also use 1970s Macramé Wooden beads.
Please let us know if you have particular needs, and how we can best cater for those.
Christine Smalley is a full time designer and educator under the label Etelage est in 2002 and based in the inner west. She is a bower bird at heart and combines her love of travels and cultures to source exotic artisan beads & embellishments for her jewellery designs. She has lived in Africa, studied glass design in Italy and fossicked through many a basement of former jewellery makers in the hub of Bohemia. (Czech Republic and southern Germany) Her travels allow a constant flow of inspiration and stories plus an eclectic and juxtaposed style.
With over 15 years teaching experience Christine is dedicated to empowering her students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever her students dream!
WHY WE BELIEVE CREATIVITY IS IMPORTANT IN OUR LIVES
Why is creativity so important?
Did you know anxiety and depression overwhelming affects a staggering 4o% of Australian women?
We live our modern western lives in perpetual motion with perpetual social media, news feeds and noise. Research confirms that digital technology makes us feel anxious and we know if we tried to keep up with the ‘rosy instagram’ perfected life we see daily, life can suddenly seem overwhelming.
And the advice from psychologists; we need to to get back to basics, drop perfectionism and make and do stuff more. Whether we are carers, full time workers, retired or studying the importance of creativity in our lives is paramount for all stages and for all ages. Plan a creative afternoon once a month with your friends, start a hobby, join a regular craft class, disconnect from technology once a week and nurture your creative soul.
We all have to balance life, family, work and pleasure. Make sure you factor is some creativity also. Create a habit and make time for your creative habit.
Let’s meet face to face, learn a new skill and have some fun with the other real imperfect folk!
Christine gave me the confidence to turn my basic jewellery skills & passion for colour into a modest business. She is an unorthodox teacher who generously shared all her invaluable tips to turn my basic jewellery pieces into professionally finished pieces which I now sell to galleries – she is truly inspirational. Tina 2013
Loved learning how to make some fab earrings. It was so much easier then I thought and Chris gave me so many more things to consider like what types of earrings suited my square jaw line. Emma 2016
- Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds if you can’t attend a class for any reason.
- You are however completely welcome to send a friend in your place!. Refunds are not available due to our intimate class sizes.
- Etelage reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to numbers. In this instance you will receive a full refund or you can choose to attend another workshop of the same value (or plus or minus any difference in class fee)
- All class handouts, materials & projects are original Etelage ideas and subject to copyright.
- Camera shy? We may take photos and/or video at your workshop to use in our marketing materials including social media. If you do not wish to have your photo taken or appear in a video please let us know.