27-23.13 Shield Ring

Class Date::
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6 - 9pm (CST)

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6 - 9pm (CST)

Instructor: Stephanie Chavez

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Class Description: This statement ring is just as fun to wear as it is to create! You will learn several skills while creating this ring. Including, but not limited to: How to properly size rings in metal clay, create and attach embellishments, fire in place a bezel, set a stone, how to fire and polishing and finishing techniques. A kiln is required for firing this piece. If you do not have a kiln, firing services are offered by the instructor. Please contact Stephanie to make arrangements.

This is a beginner class, but some simple soldering experience will be helpful.  Once you master this technique, the opportunities for setting glass and stones are endless!

Project Completion: students will have enough time to finish construction of one ring during live class. Firing will be done on your own after class.

Materials Kit: Sterling silver metal clay, fine silver bezel, cabochon, fiber blanket. Enough materials for two rings. 

Domestic US shipping included. (Please contact instructor directly to arrange for international or expedited shipping.)

(Materials kit is included in price when "Zoom/Kit combo" or "Kit only" option is selected.)

Required Tools:  

  • Sharpie
  • Steel ring mandrel
  • Stepped ring mandrel or 1/2" wood dowel
  • Ring sizer
  • Needle files
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Basic metal clay set up: clay roller, non stick work surface, 10 playing cards or depth measuring slats, scalpel or Xacto knife, sanding sponges, straight salon boards (nail file) of different grits, cup of water, release agent (cool slip, olive oil), piece of saran wrap/cling film, Brass brush, flat working surface (ex: glazed ceramic tile, teflon sheet).
  • Drying set-up such as a mug warmer, food dehydrator or kitchen oven
  • Scissors
  • Shaped templates
  • Texture plates
  • Needle tool or awl
  • Electric programmable kiln

*Note: Kit only and extra kit options do not include instructions or recording. You must choose either a Zoom or Zoom/Kit combo to receive written instructions. Kits will begin to ship April 11, 2023, unless otherwise arranged with instructor.

Zoom Recordings will be available for viewing until May 10, 2023. Additional time may be purchased ($12) by selecting the "Extend viewing time" option above.