Prerequisites: Metalsmithing 2 (or equivalent) and Professional Finishing


In this workshop you will be fabricating one bezel-set cabochon ring with your choice of either a single-shank or split-shank ring band. The following skills will be covered:


  • Sizing rings up/down
  • Creating a ring band—your choice of single shank or split shank
  • Making a cabochon bezel setting and cutting your own bezel wire
  • Setting the stone
  • Professionally polishing the entire piece 
  • Pricing your gold ring and tips on how to buy gold will also be discussed. 


MATERIAL KIT $300–$700 (to be paid to instructor)*

  • Gold (instructor will be selling to students at his purchase price)*
    • 8–10ga half-round 14k yellow gold wire
    • 14k yellow 22ga Sheet gold
    • 14k yellow easy solder
    • 14K yellow hard solder
  • Binding wire
  • Boric acid & methanol
  • Batterns flux 


*NOTE: the Materials Kit is in addition to your tuition, and is based on current market prices—fee is to be paid directly to instructor. This fee is currently between $300–$700 depending on the size of your ring design.



Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items: 

  • Cabochon for your ring (the larger it is, the more gold you will need—we recommend stone size from 6mm round up to a 10x12mm oval)
  • Small jar with liquid-tight lid
  • Optivisor/magnification (#5 or #7)
  • 95 ppm dust mask (or the best you can find)
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Ring bending pliers
  • Titanium solder pick
  • Flux brush (#3 sable paint brush)
  • Small charcoal block (may be hard or soft)
  • Bastard mill file (12 inches long)
  • Bench block
  • Planishing hammer, mirror finish
  • Ring clamp
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Sandpaper & Sanding Sticks in 220, 320, 400 & 600 grit
  • Finishing wheels (can buy from instructor)
  • Needle file set, cut #2 
  • Third-hand cross locking tweezers & insulated cross locking tweezers 
    (optional: studio has some on hand)


18 Contact Hours

Intro to Goldsmithing: Wed–Fri, Oct 5–7

SKU: 021563
  • Metalsmithing 2 and
    Professional Finishing