Prerequisite: Metalsmithing 1

 

Metalsmithing 2: Rings
Build on your skills from Metalsmithing 1 by learning how to make two styles of cabochon stone rings in a fun and fast-paced two-day workshop. This is an excellent workshop for anyone wanting to dive head-first into the world of ring-making.

 

TECHNIQUES COVERED INCLUDE: 

  • Make multiple pieces at the same time, and how to keep track of multiple components
  • Measure and size a traditional ring band
  • Measure and size a C-shaped ring band
  • Attach a bezel to different styles of bands
  • Set stones on a ring band
  • Use a vibratory tumbler to polish

 

You are responsible for purchasing your materials and bringing them with you to the first day of class. We have a small selection of cabochons to choose from for your rings, or you may bring your own. Cabochons should be no smaller than a dime (18mm) and no larger than a 30x40mm oval, and not have any sharp corners or points. 


MATERIAL & TOOL LIST

  • 2 Cabochons, flat bottoms, nickel to quarter sized, any shape, no sharp corners
  • Bezel wire: 2 feet or more plain 26ga Fine Silver bezel, dead soft, for cabs (height must match stones: need 1mm above girdle line on stone for proper fit, we will check them all first morning)
  • 2x2" Sterling Silver sheet, 20 gauge, dead soft (if you get larger stones, you might want a 2x3")
  • 6" of Sterling Silver Rectangle Wire, 4x1.63mm, dead soft
  • 6" of Sterling Silver Half-Round Wire, 6ga, dead soft
  • H, E, M, XE silver wire solder, 22 ga (bring what you have from Metals 1)
  • Dozen 2/0 jeweler’s saw blades and beeswax/blade lube
  • Sandpaper 220, 320, 40, 600 grit
  • Slotted Mandrel
  • N95, KN95 or P95 face mask
  • Steel brush
  • Dedeco Silicone Polishing Wheel Assortment (Rio Grande #332579)
  • 1/6" screw mandrels for Dedeco Wheels (Rio Grande #333108 or #333105)
  • 3/4" Natural Bristle brushes, Medium (Rio Grande #338512)
  • 1 pair close-fitting disposable gloves for polishing (nitrile or latex)

 

OPTIONAL

  • Flat Nose Pliers with Nylon Jaws (Rio Grande #111606)
  • Center punch/Scribe
  • Jeweler’s saw frame (4 or 5-inch)
  • Nylon-head mallet, 5 oz. (Rio Grande #119327)
  • Jeweler’s ruler (6-inch)
  • 14 mm looping pliers (also called wrap n tap pliers, made by Eurotool)
  • 1 each flat nose, round nose, and chain nose pliers (available in set)
  • Flushcut Wire Cutters 
  • Half-round Habilis file, cut #00
  • Half-round round needle file and round needle file, cut 0 (or get the set here)
  • Bezel roller (not a burnisher)
  • Safety glasses
  • Fine Tip Sharpie marker
  • Brass texture plate (pattern for ring band)
  • Apron
  • Ring sizer set (metal or plastic)
  • small roll of 1 inch masking tape
  • whiteout with brush
  • Old tea towel  or t-shirt for polishing on
  • Piece of soft leather or suede (approx 4x6)
  • 1 ¾" T-Pins
  • Small container for silver scraps

 

 

16 Contact Hours  |  Studio Fee included in tuition ($10 value)

 

Metals 2: Rings: Sat & Sun, Sept 17–18

SKU: 021333
$275.00Price
  • Metalsmithing 1