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Monday 11 December 2023

Sandcast Silver Pendant Workshop

9.30am - 4.30pm Saturday 9 December 2023

Sandcast Silver Pendant Workshop

$275 - $295 | Nadine Suzanne
Sandcast Silver Pendant Workshop

Above: Example of sandcast silver pendant handmade by Nadine Suzanne. Photograph: Amanda Galea.

Turn a precious object into a one-of-a-kind pendant with Nadine Suzanne! In this workshop participants will learn how to use sand casting techniques to recreate a small item as a sterling silver pendant. Nadine will demonstrate how to use delft clay to prepare a mould and provide individual assistance with the casting process. Once casting is complete, attendees will file, sand and polish their pendant to the desired finish. Participants will also learn soldering techniques and how to form jump rings from silver wire.

Nadine will assist individuals to choose one object of suitable size and weight to cast. Attendees should bring a selection of items with them to the workshop, using the following examples as a guide: a five-cent coin, coffee bean, small shell, button or twig. Nadine will also provide a variety of suitable objects that participants may use.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, and attendees will be guided through every step of the process. Class sizes are small to enable one-on-one teaching. Our previous silversmithing workshops have sold out very quickly – so, book early to ensure your spot!

Please note that participants will be working with micro motors for extended periods of time, and that jewellery-making requires looking at small objects closely. There will also be supervised use of a gas blowtorch. A Workshop Access Requirements Form will need to be completed prior to the workshop day. Attendees must wear closed in shoes, tie their hair back and bring vision correcting glasses if they are normally worn. Umbrella will provide each participant with safety glasses and a P2 rated mask to be worn while sanding and to protect against smoke inhalation when opening the mould.

Member Discount 
Enter the discount code MEMBER at checkout after you select the "continue to payment" button. If you are not already an Umbrella Member and want the workshop discount, sign up here.

Umbrella Members $275 | Full Price $295

There will be a 30-minute lunch break during this workshop. Umbrella has a refrigerator and microwave available for use, and tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Limited to 6 spaces (ages 18+) | Bookings close on the Friday prior to the Workshop Day at 4pm. | The workshops will take place in Umbrella’s downstairs studio at 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). | All bookings subject to Umbrella's workshop and public programs booking policy.

Nadine Suzanne creates one-of-a-kind sterling silver pieces using sand and cuttlebone casting, and lost wax techniques. She creates impressions of Queensland’s coastal environments by working with found objects, such as sea glass, shells, and beach sand. Nadine often uses sand collected from sentimental locations to cast rings with unique organic textures for her clients. A collection of Nadine’s silver rings and pendants are now available to buy from Umbrella’s Gallery Shop.

Image: Nadine Suzanne in her home studio. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.