Christine Smalley, jewellery making teacher

Christine Smalley
Etelage

Etelage

Inspiring Jewellery Designer, Educator and Stylist

location_on Summer Hill, Sydney

local_activity classes and kits: BeadingJewellery Making

4.9 (68)

I am a local inner west, Sydney jewellery designer, passionate educator, community-spirited and sustainable style advocate. My workshops celebrate the maker culture, creativity and the joy and craftsmanship of handmade.

Fueled with a passion for women to exude their notable and authentic style, my goal is to encourage all my students to awaken their creative soul and seek beauty, slow, artisan and local.

With over 20 years teaching experience from TAFE, corporate and community groups I am dedicated creating a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild.

Workshops are held in a friendly and intimate studio space in the former Summer Hill Flour Mill precinct. Alternatively, we can travel to your venue. (home, Airbnb or hotel for group bookings only)

Let's make and play together and unlock your inner creative!

Christine
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Classes and kits


Jewellery Repair and Upcycle Class

5.0 (5)

date_range Sun 16 Jun, 2pm

location_on Summer Hill

1 to 12

label $79

Earring Workshop: Make Three Pairs

5.0 (23)

date_range 26 May, 6 Jul

location_on Summer Hill / Mobile

1 to 20

label $129

Beaded Jewellery Workshop for Beginners

5.0 (26)

date_range Sat 6 Jul, 10am

location_on Summer Hill

1 to 20

label $155

Vintage Jewellery Making Class for Hens Parties

5.0 (3)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Summer Hill / Mobile

6 to 30

label $69

Crystal Sparkle Kids Birthday Workshop

5.0 (1)

Adults & 7+ years

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Summer Hill

10 to 30

label $49

Friendship Bracelet and Choker Workshop for Kids

Adults & 9+ years

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Summer Hill / Mobile

8 to 30

label $49

Boho Jewellery Making Class for Hens Parties

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Summer Hill / Mobile

6 to 30

label $75

Duo Earrings Craft Kit: Chandelier and Drop

4.8 (4)

ondemand_video

Pre-recorded

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

label $59

Duo Earrings Craft Kit: Leaf Drop and Chandelier

4.7 (3)

ondemand_video

Pre-recorded

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

label $59

DIY Simple Pretty Earrings Craft Kit

4.0 (1)

ondemand_video

Pre-recorded

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

label $49

DIY Chandelier Cleopatra Earrings Craft Kit

ondemand_video

Pre-recorded

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

label $49

DIY Boho Chandelier Earrings Craft Kit

ondemand_video

Pre-recorded

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

label $45

DIY Friendship Bracelets with Beads

5.0 (1)

local_shipping Ships to you

label $65

Beaded Earrings DIY Craft Kit

4.0 (1)

local_shipping Ships to you

label $59

Beaded Jewellery DIY Craft Kit

local_shipping Ships to you

label $69





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Reviews

(68)


Gabrielle Levi Apr 2024


Christine was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her patience with me was amazing! I would thoroughly recommend this class to others.

Alexandra Simmons Mar 2024

175 ClassBento workshops attended • 176 reviews


Fantastic kit I am so happy with my chosen coloured beads great quality can’t wait to get started

Jewellery Making kit review by Alexandra Simmons

Jojie de Villa Mar 2024


It was a pleasure learning from Christine. She explained clearly, how to string using crimps and linking beads. She goes around each participant to give assistance and/or check their work. I look forward to attending her future classes.

J de Villa

Sandee McMillan Feb 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


absolutely amazing loved the class and christine is a very gracious and intuitive host Cant wait for the next one

Cara Frame Feb 2024


Christine's class was great! I learnt some great skills and up-cycled and repaired/restrung lots of my broken treasures:)
Highly recommended!
Cara

Tiffany Reichert Feb 2024


I really enjoyed my time today. Christine is a lovely, calm and knowledgeable instructor who knows her craft. She created a safe space to learn and try things. She had her own goodies and was happy to share and suggest what we could try. I’m not naturally crafty despite years of trying to be so it was perfect for me and my style of learning.

Robyn Bowes Feb 2024


I really enjoyed the class. Christine was great, handouts were helpful. I made four pieces and learnt useful beading techniques.

Lauren Leffler Feb 2024


The teacher was very knowledgeable and had beautiful Czech glass beads for us to use in our projects.

Janet Cochrane Feb 2024


Christine is a v good teacher - so patient and encouraging. She managed a diverse group with varying skill levels and interests, with good humour and assisted when needed without fuss. Learnt good basic principles. Recommended

Zoe Holz Jan 2024


Christine was fantastic! Such a wonderful woman. We all had a super fun time and were well supported throughout the whole class. Would highly recommend booking with Christine!

Fiona Shaw Dec 2023

36 ClassBento workshops attended • 25 reviews


Had fun doing this class with support worker . Children lived it Xmas day and looked quite effective as centre decoration on table .
We purchased extra sweets etc and instructions sent out when we were doing class .
Thanks much appreciated Fiona

Aditi Misra Dec 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Christine was a great teacher, and we had a lot of fun doing the class! The earrings designs were pretty and not difficult to make.

Jenny Seymour Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Learnt a lot and good value for money, great teacher, very enjoyable session and was well organised

Luisa Lombardo Oct 2023


Christine was great with the kids and they had a great time making their beaded masterpieces.

Gail Jamieson Jul 2023


Excellent.

Teacher was very friendly and helpful and I learnt a lot. I hope to do some more workshops in the future. Katy

Tracey Franks Jul 2023

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


This was such a great class, Christine walked as all through the art of making Jewellery and was so helpful.
The venue was great close to public transport if needed.

I would not hesitate to do another class with Christine

Maria Chumachenko May 2023


Christine was amazing, so giving, open and genuine sharing her priceless experience with us! The class was technical and informative, very useful! Felt like a meditation!

Tamara Bishop Mar 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


I spent the entire day beading & making jewellery with Christine from Etelage as I did one course following the other neither disappointed. The beaded jewellery workshop was I nice introduction & skill set to take into the earring workshop which finished off the afternoon. Christine is very knowledgeable, friendly & patient but also very easy to approach if stuck in 'creative indecision'. All materials are provided. I still wear my creations & have made many more since.

Tamara Bishop Mar 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


I spent the entire day beading & making jewellery with Christine from Etelage as I did one course following the other neither disappointed. The beaded jewellery workshop was I nice introduction & skill set to take into the earring workshop which finished off the afternoon. Christine is very knowledgeable, friendly & patient but also very easy to approach if stuck in 'creative indecision'. All materials are provided. I still wear my creations & have made many more since.

Stella Testa Feb 2023


Hi Christine,Thank you again for your time .I really enjoyed the beading class.The products you supplied were nice, the venue was lovely & easy to find, it was lovely that you gave me the opportunity to talk to you about my business & my story behind it.
Thank You again
Kind Regards
Stella

Maggie Lo Feb 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


I had a lovely class with Christine, learning essential jewellery making techniques. Christine was warm, patient, and passionate about jewellery making. We had a very small class so got a lot of attention and help along the way. We were able to make two necklaces and two sets of earrings. The class was excellent value and I really enjoyed it!

Beth Vallentine Jan 2023


We had a lovely time at this class for a Hens party. The place was clean and organised and the class itself was really fun and we all came away with beautiful earrings to wear for the wedding.

Christine was very attentive and helpful, providing plates and cups for us to use for snacks and wine, and went out of her way to make sure we all (especially the bride) had a good time.

Thank you for the class Chrstine! Would absolutely recommend this to anyone for a fun girls day out.

Vintage Jewellery Making Class for Hens Parties review by Beth Vallentine - Sydney

Virginia Baker-Woolf Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I really enjoyed the earrings class. Christine is a great teacher. The venue is great and Christine provides all tools and beds. I made three pairs of earrings and I'm pretty sure that repeating the processes in the class will mean I can make them on my own.

Jewellery Making class review by Virginia Baker-Woolf - Sydney

Suzanna Cashmore Dec 2022

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 11 reviews


Christine is a wonderful teacher. She imparted her knowledge in a professional yet personable way. There was a perfect amount of time do complete the three pairs of earrings without rushing.

Earring Workshop: Make Three Pairs review by Suzanna Cashmore - Sydney

Julia Smith Dec 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Fun way to spend an afternoon, excellent teacher, venue & supplies & 3 beautiful pairs to take home.

Jewellery Making class review by Julia Smith - Sydney

Kerry Goode Dec 2022


Christine ran a fabulous workshop. Skilled, knowledgeable and patient, she taught fundamental beading skills. All of us loved the class . Thank you Christine

Photo of my efforts attached. Total absolute beginner and I was able to produce these gems

Jewellery Making class review by Kerry Goode - Sydney

Elizabeth Mackenzie Oct 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Christine was very helpful and friendly and checked we all understood techniques.
Christine was very organised with kits and if someone wanted to vary their design a bit too.
Would recommend this as a beginner and that you have 3 pairs of fabulous earrings at the end of class.
Oh and the brownies were delicious too!

Jewellery Making class review by Elizabeth Mackenzie - Sydney

Karen Douglas Oct 2022

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Excellent class. Loved the location and ability to buy bits and pieces to continue working after the class. Lovely morning tea. Everything provided and nice small group. Christine made sure we all got great value from the class. Thank you so much Christine!

Sandee McMillan Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


excellent venue, excellent teacher. So inspired after this course want to do more of christines classes

Virginia Baker-Woolf Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This was a great class. Christine is lovely and a great teacher.
I learnt how to do two different processes which I could repeat by myself.
Wonderful afternoon. Highly recommend.

Elizabeth Walker Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I did jewellery making for beginners with Christine at the old flour mill in Summer Hill which was a lovely venue.
Christine was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable in her profession.
It was a small group of 3 other ladies and Christine.
She imparted with her knowledge very freely, giving lots of help and advice.
At the end of the afternoon the four of us had made 2 beautiful necklaces and matching earnings. WOW what an achievement.
All in all I had a wonderful experience and will certainly do more workshops with her.
She even went a step further and provided us with beautiful home made chocolate and walnut brownies and strawberries.
Thankyou Christine !
Liz xxx

Alison Cowle Sep 2022


Great class with a wide range of styles to choose from and all materials supplied. Supportive, positive instruction and help. (Plus brownies!)

Sylvana El-Khazen Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


We had a wonderful morning in this class! Christine was so lovely and we had a ball learning the jewellery making techniques. Looking forward to booking again!

Arwen Whiting Jun 2022


Christine was lovely and hosted us for a very enjoyable class - this was a great activity to do with a large group!

Pamela Ah-Chok Jan 2022


I thoroughly enjoyed the class with Christine. She provided good guidance , is very attentive and professional. Materials were provided for 3 pairs of earrings. The beads and earrings components are of good quality giving a beautiful definition to the finished pieces. I hope to be back soon for another class .

Cindy Faure Jan 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Lovely moment! Teacher is great and instructions were clear. We received a booklet and instructions sheets to continue to practice at home. During class we learned differents technics for assembling beads.
Great workshop!

Glen Bennett Jan 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Christine was an excellent teacher - very professional, creative and patient. We made a couple of different styles so that we learnt the techniques and she showed us other styles as well. The time went very quickly and I came away inspired to make more jewellery.

Angela Byrnes Dec 2021


I really recommend this course for beginners. Christine was a wonderful teacher and demonstrated all steps in the making process really clearly. She took us through examples of jewellery she had made and how the techniques we were learning could apply to other designs as well. The space was clean and tidy and light. Christine even baked us some delicious chocolate brownies to snack on. Highly recommend this course, it has ignited my interest to keep learning and would love to follow up with another course at some stage in the future.

Thanks Christine!

Megan Nov 2021

338 ClassBento workshops attended • 338 reviews


Love this kit sooo much that I've done heaps of them & would do more.

Jewellery Making class review by Megan

Megan Nov 2021

338 ClassBento workshops attended • 338 reviews


Such a brilliant kit, lots of different colours to choose from.
Quality is of the best & sooo well packed.
Sooo would recommend.

Duo Earrings Craft Kit: Leaf Drop and Chandelier review by Megan

Josephine Ardino Oct 2021


I really enjoyed the class. The teacher, Christine was very patient and it was easy to learn. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you

Jenny Nguyen Oct 2021

27 ClassBento workshops attended • 24 reviews


The packaging is environmentally friendly which was nice. The brochures and information pack was also thoughtful as well. I liked how detailed she explains the steps, the only issue is the volume doesn't go quite high so it was a little tricky to hear.

Jewellery Making class review by Jenny Nguyen

Megan Oct 2021

338 ClassBento workshops attended • 338 reviews


Loved this kit so much, had to do it again and am planning on doing it again.

Duo Earrings Craft Kit: Chandelier and Drop review by Megan

Matilda Oct 2021

78 ClassBento workshops attended • 47 reviews


A lovely little kit of glass beads and earring supplied shipped right to your door.

Jewellery Making kit review by Matilda

Megan Sep 2021

338 ClassBento workshops attended • 338 reviews


Loved this kit because you got to do two sets of earrings and they are sooo pretty. The video was sooo well done & very helpful.

Duo Earrings Craft Kit: Leaf Drop and Chandelier review by Megan

Megan Sep 2021

338 ClassBento workshops attended • 338 reviews


Loved this class, sooo much fun & you can put your own spin to it by either having larger earrings or a medium pair & a small pair. The video was brilliantly made.

Jewellery Making class review by Megan

Susan Clarke Mar 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Lovely class with clear instructions and the earring pack had all I needed thank you!

Amanda Barne Feb 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


We really enjoyed Christine's class on Monday night. She is lovely, very friendly and helpful ! There were lots of ideas to choose from, and the equipment needed was all there. I will be back for sure !

Samantha Harris Feb 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Super friendly and welcoming environment. Very helpful and calm teacher. Felt very involved as a solo student.

Danielle Gerber Jan 2021


Great teacher! She was so lovely. Very welcoming and helpful. The materials were very good quality and the designs to pick from were stunning! I loved this course and would highly recommend it. We even got served home made chocolate brownies!

Wendy Moon Dec 2020


I can't believe that I made 3 pairs of lovely statement earrings within 2.5 hours under the guidance of Christine who is so patient and knowledgeable. I would love to continue to make beautiful jewellery again with Christine as she uses good quality materials.

Bernise Pektuzun Oct 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


I had a lovely day at the beading class with Christine. She’s a great teacher with a lot of knowledge and really nice to chat with. I learnt loads of skills that I can now use when making my own jewellery. Everything was organised well, Christine had yummy snacks and bottled water for us. I would highly recommend this class.

Jojie Villa Aug 2020


I thoroughly enjoyed my first jewellery class facilitated by Chris. We were provided with all the materials and tools to make two sets of necklaces and matching earrings using two different techniques. You can see that Chris is passionate with what she doEs and assisted us Whenever we need help. I left the class feeling confident in making beaded jewellery. I thought the cost of the class is so worth it. Thank you Chris for sharing your talent in making beaded jewellery.

Melanie Young Aug 2020

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews


I went to this workshop with a friend of mine and we both really loved it. There were so many earrings to choose to make - and the teacher has great style so everything on offer was lovely. The workshop building is a nice space; pretty easy parking nearby and we had good social distancing throughout. Very happy with this class and love my new earrings.

Natasha Burtenshaw Aug 2020


Great having interchangeable kits to choose from - made it easy to get started and learn techniques. Small class was lovely and felt like an excellent price point for the take home skills and product.

Marsha Kozlova Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


It was such a great class especially if you love jewelry but don't have any experience!
Our teacher Chris was very knowledgeable, helpful and supportive.

It was a small, intimate and super fun class.

I feel so proud of myself with the jewelry i made.

Diana Mao Feb 2020


I had a blast at Christine’s class and she helped me to make two beautiful earrings. Christine is a great teacher, very clear in her instructions and also so helpful to everyone. Love her energy and sense of style. Will definitely keep an eye out for future classes. Diana

Fiona Fernandez Feb 2020


The venue was great, with a lovely view and enough room for everyone. We made beautiful earrings and had a great selection of gorgeous beads to choose from. Chris is a great teacher too, showing each individually how to do things. I loved the class and the earrings I made.

Earring Workshop: Make Three Pairs review by Fiona Fernandez - Sydney

Pam Forsyth Jan 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Chris was brilliant. I really enjoyed my class. She has a delightful manner & I enjoyed her sense of design. Thank you.

Manijeh Karimi Nov 2019


Really enjoyed the class.
Defenately recommend it.
Chris is a great teacher and the place is easy to find.

Brenda Nov 2019


It has been so satisfying to restring and repair my jewellery, thank you for your patience Christhroughly enjoyed your workshops, the friendly atmosphere and the creative ideas.
Sincerely Brenda

Belinda Young Oct 2019


A lovely way to spend the afternoon. The teacher (Chris) was very friendly, helpful and informative and made learning the basic beading techniques easy. Looking forward to making more of my own jewellery!

Melanie Wolfenden Apr 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Lovely morning making some beautiful earrings! Christine was very understanding and helpful throughout the whole process. Lots of fun - I definitely recommend!

Sophia Ye Apr 2019

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Such a fun workshop resulting in some beautiful creations! Really nice relaxed atmosphere and studio.

Jewellery Making class review by Sophia Ye - Sydney

Nina Liao Mar 2019


I recently hosted a Hens party with Christine, and I could not be any happier with the event. I made a very last minute booking, and Christine was very efficient with her responses and everything was finalized within 2 days. The venue was beautiful, spacious and easy to find. The girls had the best time making vintage earrings while enjoying brownies and tea that was provided.I highly recommend this activity and won't hesitate to book again in the future. Thank you Christine for such a wonderful experience.

Katty Fisher Jan 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was absolutely amazing. The Venue was great, clean tidy environment which was easy to find on the busy Main Street. Christine provided us with all the tools, great materials and guidance whenever we needed and she gave equal time to each of the students. We were also provided with afternoon tea and sparkling water in the class so it was a relaxing experience. It was a great value for money as I managed to make 3 pairs of earrings that I’m really happy with. Thank you!

Jewellery Making class review by Katty Fisher - Sydney

Lauren Sep 2018

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This was such a great class, I really enjoyed making two pairs of unique earrings and learning a new creative skill! Chris was so friendly and taught earring making techniques really well and inspired us with lots of earring designs. Highly recommend!

Anne Gray Jun 2018


Chris was well organised, friendly and a good instructor. She taught me how to make a beaded choker, a beaded necklace and two sets of earrings. I was able to choose the colour scheme for both projects. The venue in Rozelle was easy to get to. I will definitely be using my newly acquired skills to make jewellery for family and friends

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