This is a relaxed, hands-on class for those wishing to make their own silver piece of jewellery. It is an ideal workshop for those who would like to try their hand at producing a handmade ring using traditional and contemporary silversmithing and jewellery making techniques at the bench.
We will demonstrate and guide you through the process from end to end: you will learn to cut, shape, form, solder, file and polish to make your own simple and timeless sterling silver band ring on this 4 – 5 hour workshop.
We provide everything you need, including all silver and equipment.
Great for family and friends, work colleagues and for those who simply want to have a go at learning a new skill.
£115 per person including silver.
Sunday 10am – 3pm – Contact us for availability.
Previous students comments on making their silver ring.
I had been thinking of trying silversmithing and jewellery making for sometime and heard about the skills of designer and goldsmith Martin Hopton through a friend who was a student at Central St Martins College Of Art & Design in London. I contacted The St Albans School of Jewellery studio in Hertfordshire and booked on a Sunday class.
As a complete novice my first project was to make a silver ring.
The first step was to measure and mark out the width of ring I wanted to make on sheet metal. Using a piercing saw and a steady hand I carefully cut off the strip without deviating from the marked line. After this I filed the edges of the strip of metal to ensure it was smooth and perfectly straight.
The next stage in making my ring involved a process called annealing which required me to heat the sheet of metal with small blow torch. Great fun ! I learned that this process gives the metal the flexibility it needs for bending. Once I had achieved this I decided to add a pattern to my band and chose to emboss a series of small letters onto the band using a metal letter print and a rolling mill.
To get the spherical shape I then manipulated the embossed strip into a round shape to fit around a mandral by tapping it with a leather mallet. I was then shown how to solder the two ends of the band together to form a complete circle of metal.
For a fantastic finish my ring then required further filing and papering. This ensured smooth edges and any fire stain from the metal that occurred whilst annealing disappeared.
Using a pendant motor, the final stage to making my ring was to polish it. Incredibly, the process suddenly transformed by band from a dull matt colour to a bright, sparkling silver and I was absolutely thrilled with the results!
Martin and Tracy were excellent tutors providing clear guidance through out and yet allowing me the freedom to experiment and apply the techniques myself.
Had a great day and left with my handmade unique silver ring which made a wonderful birthday present for my sister, who was thrilled.