Metalsmithing Foundations: Statement rings

01/27/2018, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Registration Line 901-636-4128



 All levels welcome, difficulty of project will vary with experience. Call 901-636-4128 for more information, supply list, or to register by Jan. 19. Supply fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (average of $40). 

$50 MBG members/$65 non-members.

Statement ring, bling, ring, right hand ring, or even big a$$ ring- whatever you call it- it’s the same thing- a ring that cannot be ignored! In this workshop class, we will create a one of a kind ring that is meant to turn heads.

Technical stuff. You will practice in class: bezel making, soldering premade components, texturing, ring shank making (we’ll cover a few types), sizing, fabrication techniques (focusing on order of operations), metal finishing and stone setting (cabochons and prong settings)

This class is suitable for beginners as you will be creating your own ring and the instructor will work with you to create a work that is within your skill level. If you are intermediate to advanced, no fear- there are things for you as well! We will discuss complex shanks (such as woven), multi-stone applications, multiple component creations, and wear-ability concerns as well.

As this class’s project is  ‘build to order’ for each student, you will only pay for the materials you use. If you come to class with no supplies, expect to spend around $40 for your stones and sterling silver. You are welcome to bring cabochons for use- they may be stone, glass, ceramic, etc. but please make sure the backs are flat and the stone’s height is relatively even. It can be any shape. The instructor will let you know if they’re suitable for use in this class (and if not, advise you of how to use the stone going forward). The faceted settings we will be using are calibrated in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm round- if you have stones you want to try, please bring those also. If you do not have materials, fear not! There will be a selection available to purchase. There will be bezel wire, ring shank, and accent options. You can make your ring as simple or as complex as you like. The only requirement for your piece is that it is a ring and it has at least 1 bezel set cabochon. (this is to keep the class flowing as a group)


Micro butane torch and fuel (available from Lowes or Home Depot- recommended beginner torch is BernzOmatic Trigger Start 3 in 1 Butane torch. Should be $30 or less)

Soldering block- this can be compressed vermiculite, charcoal, magnesia, honeycomb ceramic, etc, but must be designed for soldering. A regular household brick will not work. There will be some available for purchase at class- the price range is $4.99 to $20, depending on size and surface material.

Recommended tools: Jewelry files, rawhide mallet, jewelry pliers, steel bench block. If you want to add texture or stamping, you’re welcome to bring what tools you have.

There will be an assortment of tools available for use in class such as texture stamps and hammers, ring mandrels, etc.





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