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Make pure silver rings with basic tools by forming metal clay and firing it in a kiln or with a torch. With a simple home set up, you can make stacking rings, wide band rings, textured rings and rings with stones set in place.
This live online Zoom workshop will focus on metal clay fabrication and sizing techniques for rings. Learn how to accommodate shrinkage, prepare tools, add textures and design and apply decorative elements. Arlene will also review firing and polishing methods. Projects include three rings
The first design is a wide band ring topped with a decorative centerpiece. The second is a seamed ring decorated with syringe clay, and the third is a narrow band ring enhanced with a 4 mm faceted stone.
Your projects can be fired with a butane torch or a kiln.
• Measuring ring size
• Adjusting ring size to accommodate shrinkage of metal clay
• Making wide and narrow band rings
• Creating an invisible seam
• Creating surface texture
• Designing and fabricating the ring’s focal center
• Adding decorative elements
• Setting and firing in place stones
• Sanding and smoothing rings
• Firing methods for rings
• Polishing and finishing rings
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates regarding where you want your kit shipped.
A handout is included with the class. Create your own workbook with the handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Tools and Materials for this class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Art Clay Silver syringe 5 - 8 grams (students may have sufficient supply remaining from Metal Clay 1 class)
Wooden Ring Mandrel
Set of ring sizers
A computer, tablet or smartphone to use with the free Zoom app to login to class.
In addition to the required tools, students will need the list of tools from the Metal Clay 1 - Basics and More class.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class requires prior experience using metal clay, like successful completion of Metal Clay 1 - Basics, Metal Clay 1 - Earrings, Metal Clay 1 Basics and More or Metal Clay 1 - Charm Bracelet, as either online or in-person workshops.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA