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DATE CHANGE! - SEE DETAILS. Hydraulic Die Cutting For Series Production

Date and Time

Sun 12th Aug, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


61 Weston St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia

Event description



Due to low numbers in both workshops this weekend, we have combined both courses to run on the Sunday. This course now runs on Sunday 12th August 9am - 4pm


Please arrive 15 minutes early for a safety induction


Workshop Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their own unique “pancake” die and use it to cut shaped blanks from non-ferrous sheet metal, using the 20 tonne hydraulic press. 

This technique can be useful for series production of finished jewellery items, or for any project requiring numerous identical components. 

The workshop will include: 

  • Introduction to use of the 20 tonne manual hydraulic press.
  • Introduction to safe use of bench equipment including the hydraulic press, scroll saw and drill press.
  • Introduction to the design and use of cutting dies in producing metal blanks.
  • Introduction to possible combination of hydraulic press techniques, including cutting, embossing and forming.
  • Introduction to working with tool steel and tool care and maintenance.

During the workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience with:

  • Appropriate design considerations for creating a suitable template for cutting dies.
  • Hand manufacturing a unique pancake cutting die from saw-pierced tool-steel sheet and acrylic sheet.
  • Using pancake dies to cut blanks from non-ferrous sheet metal.

Preparing and saw piercing the tool steel and acrylic dies is expected to take the majority of the workshop time. Participants are expected to have prepared their tool and used it to cut blanks by end of the workshop, however production of a finished piece of jewellery is not expected within the allotted timeframe.

Hand tool kits will be supplied but it is advised to bring your own hand tools if you have them. 

Participants will be able to hire ongoing access to the NC4 hydraulic press to practice and refine their skills as Access Space visitors. Contact Northcity4 for more information. Each ticket to the workshop includes one free half day in the Northcity4 Access workshop


Experience required 

Basic metalworking skills are required for this workshop - participants will need to be familiar with annealing, drilling, and saw piercing. We encourage you to contact Northcity4 if you have any questions about the skills required. 


What to bring

  • $30 material fee
  • A pre-planned design for your cutting template: keep in mind that it must be a simple, basic shape with clean lines (e.g. a simple flower shape).
  • An apron (made of non-synthetic material, e.g. cotton/leather)
  • 2/0 or 3/0 sawblades - available to purchase on the day from the tutor
  • 1mm drill bits - available to purchase on the day from the tutor
  • silver sheet if required - available to purchase on the day from the tutor
  • jeweller's toolkit including piercing saw, half round file, square file, needle files set, scribe, half round, straight, needle nose and chain nose pliers, side cutters, safety glasses and emery sticks. Northcity4 can provide the use of a student tool kit.
  • A notebook, pencil and your imagination

What is provided?

  • Students will receive a starter pack with tool steel, acrylic and copper sheets and twist sawblades for acrylic. Additional acrylic, copper and tools will be available to purchase on the day.
  • jewellers toolkit if required
  • cups of tea and biscuits 

Safety Concerns

Northcity4 is a working studio in an old factory in Brunswick. It has a concrete floor and heavy machinery and equipment in the space. It can be cold in winter (we have some heating!) and hot in summer so please dress appropriately.

Safety glasses will be provided. Please wear covered shoes and be prepared to tie long hair back. No loose clothing or jewellery.


Tutor Profile

Belinda Newick is a contemporary Jeweller whose work explores cultural hybridity and place. 

She combines handcrafted traditional techniques and computer engraved processes to capture the emotions, imprints and memories of life through subtle applied surface textures. 

Newick's maintains a diverse practice as a studio based jeweller, independent curator and educator. She hand makes bespoke commission jewellery and acupuncture tools and exhibition jewellery and objects.

Newick is a teacher of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic at the Fairfield and Prahran campuses. 

Originally from W.A. Newick spent six years in South Australia at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Gray Street Workshop and Zu design jewellery + objects, before settling in Melbourne in 2005.

Newick has been the recipient of two grants international grants, an Asialink Residency in Sri Lanka 2004 and another in Kerala, India 2001. She has exhibited in Asia, New Zealand and the USA and maintains an exhibition and gallery profile in Australia and overseas. 


Getting to Northcity4

Northcity4 is located at 61 Weston St, Brunswick. Workshop entrance is via the side path on the Eastern side of the building. Northcity4 is easily accessible via public transport; the #1, #8 & #19 trams stop nearby and we are close to Jewel station on the Upfield line. There is ample bike parking out the front. Car parking on the street is limited and timed but the Barkly Square carpark is just across the road.


Terms and Conditions

Our courses are suitable for students who are 16 years or older, unless specified in the class description. Some of our courses require prior learning, please check the course description thoroughly before enrolling.



Northcity4 reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course. Of course, we don’t want to do this but in the case of tutor illness or the class not reaching a minimum number of enrolments, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.


Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if you are unable to attend your course. If you want to transfer to a course at a later date, we require you to give us at least four working days’ notice prior to the start date of your course. No transfers or credit notes will be issued for withdrawals when less than four working days' notice is given.







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Northcity4 is a new way of looking at Creative Education. We are a sustainability focused Artist Run Initiative located in Brunswick, offering studio space and education programs to Melbourne’s Art, Craft and Design communities.

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