You'll join me in the studio, we will discuss basic designs and measure your finger. I will make you a drink, give you an apron and you will sit at the workbench. The first stage is to saw your silver to length. I will then teach you how to pattern, texturise and/or stamp personalise your piece. By this stage the silver will need to be annealed, I will explain why and teach you how to use the torch. You will then forge your ring to shape and saw it to size. It is then ready to be soldered, I will explain the process and you will use the torch to join the ring. I will then teach you how to use the metal files to clean the join, buff any scratched and polish the whole ring up ready to wear. one on one sessions last between 2-3hours. Two people are welcome to join me in the studio (I understand it can be more fun to share the experience with a loved one) however as I only have one workbench so you will take turns and it can take up to 5hours.
I am a majority self taught silversmith living and working in Canterbury city centre. I have been running 'Silver Ring Workshops' for just over a year and they are proving popular. The experience was originally designed as a one on one lesson (takes between 2-3hours) but I can accommodate a couple (can take up to 5hours). The experience is fully guided by myself but you will be hands on making your own ring and are encouraged to make it unique. The experience includes: An introduction to the workshop and tools Forming Sawing Annealing Soldering Filing & Sanding Polishing You will leave with a finished sterling silver ring. No experience is needed, however due to the nature of the workshop participants must be over 18.
My workshop/studio is on the top floor of an independent family run gallery in the centre of Canterbury.
wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty
Cost for materials is not included. There is a minimum of £10 to be paid by cash/card at the end of the workshop. This covers a basic design but may be more depending on weight of your finished ring.
Silver Ring Workshop