When I first saw a semainier ring, which had been worn since the 1970’s, I was enamoured with and instantly obsessed by this style! The semainier (or “weekly” in French) ring evokes the sense of time passing through seven ‘textured’ or ‘chiseled’ rings, grouped by a flat ring - which is amazingly comfortable. Originating from the Tuareg people, these rings were very popular during the Victorian and the Art Nouveau period in France. In this two day workshop, you will have the opportunity to make 7 fine sterling silver rings - all different, and allowing your own individual aesthetic to shine through. They are stackable, one for each day of the week - to wear together or separately.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of techniques for basic introductory jewellery making. Our taster classes are perfect for absolute beginners with no previous experience.
You will be guided through the following techniques in this one day workshop:
Annealing/ Soldering - You will gain an understanding in how to gently heat your metal to soften it, allowing you to then decorate and shape your metal. You will learn how to measure a ring size; form, shape and use a hand held oxy/gas torch to solder your silver ring.
Texturing – You can add texture to your ring through a variety of different tools. Each ring is decorated with a different carving, which has the effect of accentuating the glitter of the jewel.
Finishing - You will acquire knowledge of how to file and polish your finished design.
You will learn the basic skills needed to create 7 fine rings in sterling silver (grouped by a flat ring - optional). The workshop begins with short, structured technical exercises and lots of material play. Then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated.
This is a fast and focused day - if you are after a less intensive workshop please check out Jewellery Taster: Make a Silver Ring.
All materials are included. Including a variety of sterling silver wires to make your 7 rings, copper wire and brass wire and consumables (saw blades, solder). If you are a more experienced maker and wish to work with gold, please contact The Bench to discuss.
We adhere to rules and regulations from the NSW Government and Department of Health and have put in place the recommended Covid protocols to keep our community safe at The Bench.
Disposable masks are available and we continue to encourage their use when students are not able to socially distance.
The Bench is a registered Covid safe business and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure our community can work safely and with confidence at our facility.
All visitors to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre must check-in on arrival and digital records are kept on file as required.
We will have no more than 9 students plus the tutor in any class or workshop, some workshops are capped lower. Our classroom can safely host 13 people.
The 4 square metre per person rule applies.
Protocols are in place for frequent hand washing and sanitising of surfaces and high touchpoints.
Sanitiser is available in the classroom and throughout the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
The protocols we have in place for attendance of The Bench courses are sent to all students on enrolment.
No-one is to attend The Bench classes if they are unwell.
NSW Health updates information daily so we encourage you to check the NSW Health website for updates regularly.