Students will step up their fabrication skills in this raised-bezel ring workshop with Mary
and Michael of Flow Studio. As you work through this detailed project, you’ll develop skills
in multi-step construction and sequenced soldering that is so important with layered
designs. You’ll leave with fresh ideas and the confidence that you can manifest the complex
projects you see in your mind’s eye, bringing more dimension and detail to your work.
The ring shank is a heavy layered shank that includes a border of half-round wire. We’ll
form it on our “secret weapon” tool that makes forming heavy shanks like this a breeze.
The gemstone is a 16mm high-dome rutilated quartz, custom cut for this class project. The
ring has an open chamber under the partially clear gemstone that allows light to enter and
bounce around, creating extra “glow” in the gold rutiles of the quartz.
Techniques taught include:
• Multi-step fabrication for layered designs
• Making borders
• Forming heavy shanks
• Hollow form construction techniques
• Creating and soldering on large granules/balls
A kit fee of $140 is due the first day of class and payable to the instructors. Your class includes use of tools. Each student has their own bench with a flex shaft and soldering station and lots of tools.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This is an intermediate-level class for students with previous fabrication and soldering experience and recent practice. Students are recommended to have taken 2 or more fabrication classes, like Basic Jewelry 1 & 2 and Jewelry 3 & 4, Basic Jewelry 1 and Jewelry 2, 3 or 4, or any other combination of fabrication classes that include practice with sawing, filing, sanding, polishing with power tools, soldering and bezel setting.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Michael Thee and Mary Wohlgemuth