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2018 Christmas Meeting & Pin Swap invitation


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Pin Swap Party at November Meeting

Pin Swap Party.
Join us at our November meeting, for the annual pin-swap & wind-up party.
Come and mingle with friends, enjoy a game of barefoot bowls, and join in the fun of the pin swap lucky dip!

Pin Swap Party Invitation

Pin Swap Party Invitation

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Members’ Exhibition

What Goes Around: an exhibition of contemporary Western Australian jewellery and objects

tg_engine_room_logo_72dpiWhat Goes Around is the 12th biennial award exhibition for members of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA WA Inc.). The exhibition will be held at Turner Galleries, Engine Room 1 from November 25 to December 17, 2016.

More than 100 new works by 46 of WA’s leading contemporary jewellers and metalsmiths will be on display. Works span a variety of subject matter, all pertaining to and reflecting on the exhibition them of “What Goes Around”. Styles and materials used by JMGA WA artists vary widely – some use precious metals and gemstones, others use recycled or found objects, natural materials, paper, plastics, beads or enamel.

Exhibition details

For opening times and gallery address, download a copy of our  exhibition flyer


Prizes will be awarded to artists for their work in three categories: Technical Excellence; Best Interpretation of the Theme; and Outstanding Student Work. Judging will be undertaken by jeweller and silversmith Philip Noakes (recently appointed as Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, London), and Dr Dorothy Erickson (internationally exhibiting artist jeweller, historian and author).

A People’s Choice Award will provide an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite work. The winning artwork of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Monday December 19.

Awards sponsored by

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 5.30PM – 7.OOPM


In conjunction with her workshop

Paper, Scissors, Metal

Using a personal collection – explore new ways of designing jewellery and/or small scale objects.

7TH – 9TH JULY 2016



A social dinner will be held at a nearby venue (details TBA) following the talk.

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP to Sultana Shamshi at the email above, if you would like to attend the dinner.

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Hinges, Catches & Pins


Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May, 2016

Master trade jeweller Max Butcher will lead participants on a two day workshop journey exploring various hinges, catches and pins.



It is impossible to cover hundreds of varieties in two days but it is possible to distill various concepts and techniques that will hold you in good stead so that you can tackle any catch or hinge with a degree of confidence.

We will look at hinge knuckles, knuckle bearers and cradles, hinge standoffs, hinge pins, catch clipping plates and tongues.

We will consider good hinge and catch design and how to build in good structure to outwit customers who will treat our product with no thoughtful care.

This will be a great weekend of learning, honing skills and companionship.



About Max

My journey in the 70s saw me training as an officer cadet in the Australian Army and nearly completing a pure maths degree. I started working as a trade jeweller in 1978 and have been a self employed manufacturing jeweller since 1979.

I have had two trade/retail shops – one in Perth city and one in Morley.  Since the mid 90s I have been working from my purpose built home studio – 80sqm, double brick, air conditioned, music, tea and coffee – a tough work environment as a balm to counter working in the crazy and stressful world of trade jewellery.  Also, for two years I was the trade jewellery lecturer at Central TAFE, training all the WA jewellery apprentices.  I have also taught some fee for service courses at Curtin Uni.

I have spent 35 years fixing up poor craftsmanship and damage from use, and in that time I have made and repaired hundreds of broken hinges and catches in fob watches, lockets, hinged rings, bangles, bracelets, etc and etc.  In all jewellery repairs I am faced with a great unknown – what temperature solders did the maker use?  Concentration, technique and experience in most cases allows a repair to take place without a catastrophic remelt of unknown solder joints that are alarmingly close, creating a eutectic melt or cooking precious stones – see; it is just a walk in the park!

Come and join me as we explore the world of making hinges – one minute a potential hinge, the next second a rigid irritation.  Generally, it is not possible to make a mistake, but it is possible to take a road less often travelled.  Ha ha; enjoy it as we fix it!!!


For further information

including cost, venue and how to enrol, contact the secretary. Email:



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JMGA WA Meetings

Please add the following Members’ Meetings dates to your diary. More details will follow in the newsletters and by email as the dates draw closer.

Monday 22 February 2016 – 7.30pm
General Meeting

Monday 21 March 2016 – 7.30pm
Biennial General Meeting & General Meeting

Tuesday 26 April 2016
Crystal Universe & Meal out
Details & time – To follow

May 2016 
Visit to AJS & Meal out
Details TBC – New President

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XMAS Party & Pinswap

JMGA WA’s Annual Christmas Party & Pinswap will be held

on Monday 23rd November 2015

from 6pm at The Doubleview Bowling Club

christmas party

For more details, please click this link Pin Swap – Barefoot Bowls 2015

Come along and catch up with other members at our pinswap party


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AJS Visit – April 2015

AJS are opening their doors exclusively for JMGAWA members to enjoy some after hours purchases.  This will take the place of our usual monthly meeting for April 2015 and be followed by dinner at a restaurant nearby (more information to follow soon).


Wednesday 29 April 2015 (JMGAWA’s April 2015 Monthly Meeting)

6pm –7pm

Australian Jewellery Supplies (AJS)

Suite 4, 1st Floor

564-568 Hay Street

Perth WA  6000


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International Artist Workshop 2015

International Artist PHILIP SAJET will be conducting his workshop:

Jewellery is a language, let’s speak it 

from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July 2015.

Preparations are well underway for this workshop, for more information please email

              La Campagna 5 Sajet jade enamel ring

Philip Sajet was born in the Netherlands in 1953. His studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, were followed by an apprenticeship with Francesco Pavan in Padova, Italy. Over the years he has been invited to lecture at the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Philip currently lives and works between Germany and France.




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Bazaar 2015

Bazaar 2015 5th-7th December

JMGA WA have 13 participants taking part in their stall this year come down

and see what our members make in their studios.

WA’s best Christmas market takes over FAC’s Front Garden for a three day

shopping extravaganza with more than 50 local traders showcasing their wonderful wares


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