How to: Make Statement Jewellery in Affordable Copper

16jun10:00 am4:00 pmHow to: Make Statement Jewellery in Affordable CopperWorkshop for Teachers & Educators


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Brisbane Institute of Art

41 Grafton St, Windsor QLD 4030

Event Details

This workshop is designed to give participants the necessary skills to create personalised statement pieces. While the main focus is on making statement earrings and pendants with copper, Renata will also discuss the ways to transpose these skills for making simple brooches, and working with materials such as laminate or acrylic.

Statement jewellery has enjoyed a great popularity across history. Favoured by ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, it offers a great platform for self-expression and can be used as a powerful means of communicating ideas and concepts beyond just beauty and aesthetics. 

Learn the basics of jewellery design and become familiar with the core techniques and tools of jewellery making, including sawing, saw piercing, drilling, filling and polishing, plus tips and tricks on how to keep you (or your students) safe when operating the range of tools. As well as gleaning these practical skills, you’ll be taking home your own unique pair of copper earrings or a pendant.

$75 ($60 for Flying Arts Members)

Bookings Unavailable

Participants to Bring:

– Lunch or snacks – there is a food establishment within walking distance of the venue if preferred
– A cotton t-shirt, hat, skirt or other garment to upcycle into wearable art (optional)
– Any found objects or old jewellery to upcycle and incorporate into designs (optional)
– Participants must wear enclosed shoes

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Additional Information

Renata Fojtikova is Brisbane based jeweller with a strong background in fine arts as well as design. Bringing her creative flair and European sense of design all the way from Czech Republic, Renata has been designing and manufacturing jewellery in Brisbane for almost two decades. 


Renata studied at Queensland College of Art and shortly after took on the role of an educator. Delivering jewellery making workshops locally and interstate, her creativity and entrepreneurial skills grew. Looking for new ways to expand her creative practice, in 2015 Renata launched her jewellery label Lexi de Cora. Under this name, she produces her unique silver jewellery collections and one-of-a-kind pieces for galleries, gift shops and local handmade markets.


Across the span of her career as a jeweller, Renata has taken on many opportunities to share her skills as an educator, working with institutions such as Griffith University, TAFE Queensland, Brisbane Institute of Art and Flying Arts Alliance. Today she also delivers private Jewellery making classes from her studio in Windsor, Brisbane.