Delicate Flower Ring With Textured Stackable Bands
Learn essential forming and texturing techniques in addition to diving into the wonderful world of silver soldering as we create a delicate flower ring or two along with a set of textured stackable bands.
Kick Ass Handouts
Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey. Our Chunky Chain has 52 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.
Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. Our Chunky Chain class has over 1 hour 40 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.
We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.
You want to make a delicate flower ring? No deal! We are going to show you so much more!
As well as diving into soldering – while focusing on the right techniques such as torch control from the start, I also want to take you through some beautiful and useful texturing techniques too. We’ll be working on a multitude of fun and saleable ring-based projects to help you build confidence but also to help prepare you for skills you might want to master later on.
In this class, we’ll guide you step by step through the wonderful world of soldering, basic forming, saw piercing and texturing as we create a set of stackable rings bands and delicate flower rings together. Whilst soldering experience isn’t required to take this course it’s advisable to take our Chunky Chain online class first! It’s also preferable to have some experience with the basic tools such as a jewellers saw, files and basic finishing techniques. If you don’t have that experience already, check out our Saw Pierced Pendant online class before diving into this one.
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Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we included downloadable templates for 10 different delicate flower ring designs for you to work on with this class, but don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the class box. You can even incorporate skills learnt in other classes here such as adding an octopus setting to the center of your flower, or even incorporate a little saw piercing for a spectacular cocktail ring!
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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum
- Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will just suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers and / or solder
- pick, flux and pickle
- Cross locking tweezers
- Flex shaft (also known as a pendant motor)
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
- Flat hand file – #0 or #2 cut
- Half round hand file #2 cut is ideal
- Half round needle file #2 or #3 cut
- Half round and flat pliers
- Chasing hammer
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Ring mandrel
- Rawhide or dead blow mallet
- Dapping block and punches
- Ring sizing set
- 10/12-gauge round sterling silver, brass, bronze or copper wire for the ring bands
- 20-gauge sterling silver, brass, bronze or copper sheet for the flower
- Hard silver solder
- Medium silver solder
- Double sided tape or rubber cement
A note on tools
The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools. Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.
Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions. It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality. We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.
The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.
Absolutely you can! It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.
If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership. Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.
This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.
Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.