Marriage Of Metal Spinner Ring
Spinner rings are a versatile way to build on soldering and forming skills while having the freedom to get a little creative. We’ll also be looking into different texturing methods including using texture plates and marriage of metal.
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 Flush Set Pendant class has 51 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 Bezel Set Pendant class has over 1 hour 45 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.
If you like jewellery you can play with, you're going to love this!
Spinner rings, the perfect combination of creativity and precision in one class. If you’re looking to build on basic soldering skills too, you’re definitely in the right place! We’ll start out by diving into a technique involving soldering different metals together to create a single multicoloured sheet – called marriage of metal, before getting stuck right in to making those spinner rings. We’ll also look at various ways of adding texture including using the rolling mill with texture plates, and forming rings using various tools to suit all budgets.
Ideally for this class you’ll already be confident with basic skills such as saw piercing and soldering. If you don’t have those skills already, we recommend taking a look at our Saw Pierced Pendant, Chunky Chain and Delicate Flower Ring classes, where we’ll cover all the skills you’ll need, before trying out this one.
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Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we want you to get super creative with this class! There are so many techniques crammed in here that can be applied to so many other projects. Consider marriage of metal as a technique not just to be used for spinner rings, but one that can be used to create beautiful rings in their own right. You can also bring in techniques from other classes here too, such as adding octopus or flush settings, or even creating a saw pierced spinner
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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum
- Soldering equipment including a torch (if you want to do marriage of metal a larger torch such as a smith little torch or smith silversmith torch will be ideal), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
- 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 and flat pliers
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Ring mandrel
- Rawhide or dead blow mallet
- Ring sizing set
- Steel block
- Dapping punches
- Rawhide mallet or dead blow mallet
- 18 or 20-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass (16 gauge if you wish to use the
marriage of metal technique)
- Selection of wires for the spinners, I like to use 18 gauge (1mm diameter) as a minimum
- Hard and medium silver solder
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.