In this 1-day workshop, you'll have the opportunity to make 7 fine sterling silver rings.
When I first saw a semainier ring, which had been worn since the 1970s, I was enamoured with and instantly obsessed with this style!
The semainier (or “weekly” in French) ring evokes the sense of time passing through seven ‘textured’ or ‘chiselled’ 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 1-day fine jewellery workshop, you will have the opportunity to make 7 fine sterling silver rings – all different and allow 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. You do not need to be artistic or creative – you’ll be surprised by what you can create under the guidance of our expert tutors. Our taster classes are perfect for absolute beginners with no previous experience. However, if you have pre-existing jewellery skills and are looking to advance your soldering, this course is still perfect and well suited.
You'll be guided through the following techniques in this 1-day workshop:
Fine jewellery soldering – You'll learn how to use a micro soldering torch to solder your silver rings and fine link. The type of soldering we cover is more advanced than introductory level soldering joins. You'll learn how to control your flame and increase your metallurgic understanding of colour changes in metal, flux and solder.
Texturing/ decorative wire work – You can add texture or decorative aesthetics to your ring through a variety of different applications.
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. More advanced-level students may wish to use gold.
This is a fast and focused 1-day workshop using micro torch soldering – 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 for samples) and consumables (saw blades, solder). Gold plating is optional for an additional fee and wait time due to outsourcing.
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.
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