Jewellery Taster Make a Silver Ring


WHEN: 10:30am - 4:30pm – 18 Dec 2021

COST: $280

WHO: The Bench

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A one day introductory course where you will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques to make a simple but beautiful sterling silver ring. Our taster classes are perfect for absolute beginners with no previous experience.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You do not need to be artistic or creative - you’ll be surprised what you can create under the guidance of our expert tutors. Our taster classes are perfect for absolute beginners with no previous experience.

Course Objectives
You will be guided through the following techniques in this one day workshop:

Saw piercing - Become proficient in setting up and using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut metal to size.

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.

Finishing - You will acquire knowledge of how to file and polish your finished design and introduce colour to your work using patination techniques.

Course Outcomes
You will learn the basic skills needed to create your own beautiful sterling silver ring. The workshop begins with short, structured technical exercises and lots of material play in the morning. Then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated.

What’s Included
All materials are included. Including sterling silver to make your ring, copper sheet, brass sheet and consumables (saw blades, emery paper, patina).

The Tutor: Erin Keys
Erin Keys has over 20 years experience as a jeweller, designer and educator with a diverse range of achievements in various facets of craft and design. Participating in nearly 100 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1999, her practice spans one-off exhibition pieces, bespoke commissions and a limited edition laser cut production range available through several stockists.

Erin has taught beginner to advanced jewellery courses at Sturt Summer School, JamFactory, SquarePeg Studios and is currently a sessional teacher at UNSW Art & Design.

For the past 10 years Erin has had extensive involvement with design and education, working as a Jewellery Design Developer for over 5 years at one of Australia's leading design companies Dinosaur Designs and for Louise Olsen X ALEX AND TRAHANAS.