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From Wax to Wearable Jewellery with Claire McArdle

Make your own unique piece of botanical silver jewellery.

Create a wearable memory with Ballarat silversmith Claire McArdle in the eclectic surroundings of Windflower homewares and floristry store.

In this hands-on experience, you will learn about the process of lost wax casting to make personalised silver jewellery. Be inspired by Wildflower’s extensive range of botanicals and Ballarat’s famous gardens to create your own precious memento or unique gift.

Under the tutelage of Claire, you will use various tools, types of wax and techniques to create your own wax models, one of which will then be expertly crafted by Claire into an ever-lasting silver ring, a pair of earrings or pendant.

Claire McArdle studied gold and silversmithing at RMIT University, including partaking in an exchange program with the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has won national and international awards for jewellery making and is currently undertaking a PhD in fine arts.

This event is part of the Made of: Ballarat Experiences series. Take a guided deep dive into Ballarat’s creative culture with hands-on experiences led by award-winning makers and creators. Explore the full series at

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11 Mar 2023 - 09 Dec 2023

15:00 - 17:00

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Windflower Store131 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350Get directions

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.