Metalsmithing Foundations with Brandy Boyd: Statement Rings with Stones

22jan10:00 am5:00 pmMetalsmithing Foundations with Brandy Boyd: Statement Rings with Stones

Event Details

January 22, 10 am-5 pm

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 length 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 the 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 ‘wearability’ concerns as well. As this class project is a build-to-order for each student, you will pay for the materials you purchase and use. If you come to class with no supplies, expect to spend around $40-$50 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 is relatively of an even height all around. 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 faceted round stones you want to try, please bring those also.

If you do not have materials, fear not! There will be a selection to purchase including 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.

Required Tools:

  • Micro butane torch and fuel (available from big box hardware stores). The instructor 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:

  • Jewlery 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.

$60 MBG Members/$70 Non-Members (plus materials fee due to the instructor during class)

Call 901-636-4128 to register by January 20.



(Saturday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm