Make a Silver Ring Workshop

How to make a silver ring



3 hours Class size 1 to 16 (public classes), 12 to 40 label $160


Your host, Work-Shop is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

Ever wanted to craft your own silver jewellery? This class is the perfect introduction for those looking to dip their toes in the shiny world of silversmithing. Using the ancient method of lost wax carving, you will learn an easy and low-cost method for making unique pieces all on their own. Lost wax carving starts with making a wax model of your desired object, which is used to create a metal mould called casting. The casts are then taken to have molten silver poured into the mould and, once hardened, filed or carved into its final shape.

We’ll cover the different varieties of wax and their properties, and how to create a ring using basic shaping techniques with files and carving tools. You’ll gain an understanding of the lost wax technique, casting and the finishing of metal jewellery. Explore texture and pattern through the creation of several wax rings and select a favourite to have finished in 925 Silver. You can collect your finished ring a few weeks after the class.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Please note: This class requires at least eight students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class and fully refund you and inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days prior to the class



Aside from this class, Work-Shop also has the following coming up:



What you'll get
  • A comprehensive beginner’s overview of the casting process, different waxes and their applications, understanding ring sizes, use of jeweller’s tools and advice on finishing your future metal pieces (also covered in a detailed handout available)

  • A silver ring, carved by you and finished by the teacher

  • The opportunity to carve several different wax rings

  • Information on where to source tools and what you’ll need to commence at home

What to bring
  • Just yourself

Suitable for

This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.
This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday or hens party.

Location

Work-Shop Melbourne - 195 Argyle Street, Fitzroy VIC

Your teacher
Caity Lane

Caity Lane

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Caity Lane is a Melbourne-based designer and silversmith, and the head and hands behind Metalhead Jewellery. Using the lost wax casting technique, Caity explores shapes and textures outside of the jewellery norm. After completing a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts/UNSW Sydney, Caity launched Metalhead Jewellery in Sydney in 2014. She then made the move to Melbourne, feeling it a  more suitable environment for her quirky aesthetic. Caity’s designs are inspired by heavy metal, raw mountainscapes and handmade imperfection.




Your host
Work-Shop
Work-Shop

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Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill. From 3D printing and stencil art through to music and gardening – life skills and personal development through to cooking doughnuts and mushroom foraging, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.

Community values lie at the heart of our project. We collaborate with local artists and industry experts to teach classes and utilise local suppliers for any materials needed. We also provide a creative environment for emerging artists to produce and sell work, and meet like minded individuals. Work-Shop will be a space for everyone, with a rotating schedule of art shows, information nights on local issues and a whole range of events and community initiatives.

Verified reviews

Kaelasha Tyler • Jun 2020


An awesome experience and skill to have, we had so much fun doing the workshop, everyone there were lovely.

Maggie Buchanan • Jun 2020


Fantastic class, learnt so much about lost wax casting, and Caity was lovely! The three hourss flew by, recommend this class for anyone interested in jewellery making!

Ann Niap • Jun 2020


This engaging and friendly hands-on experience was a suitable introduction to jewellery crafting for the beginner. I am looking forward to receiving my ring.

Caitriona Dempsey • Jun 2020


Caity was friendly and taught the class well. I liked how she just taught us the basics and then let us play around and come up with our own things. It would be good to also get an electronic copy of the booklet that was provided during the workshop next time.

Hana Crowl • Jun 2020


Fantastic! Caity was super lovely and the class was informative and fun. Can’t wait to wear my rings. Highly recommend it!

Cathie Dunn • Jun 2020


What a fantastic workshop. Instructor was brilliant so helpful without being over the top. So willing to share her knowledge and experience. Would highly recommend.

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Jade Reynolds • Mar 2020


Great class! I got really stuck in, could have stayed doing this for hours Very informative and helpful plus handy leaflet to take home included :)

Make a Silver Ring Workshop review by Jade Reynolds Sydney

Emma Beukers • Mar 2020


Caity was amazing, gave us plenty of tips and tricks to carve our rings, feedback to make our designs work better to ensure perfect casting, great workshop space

Jewellery workshop review by Emma Beukers

David Lynch • Feb 2020


The class was great!
Our teach was very engaging & attentive. Excited for the final product.

Zerrin Koroglu • Feb 2020


I really enjoyed this class, it was laid back and casual
the teacher was helpful but also allowed us time to get stuck into our ring design. Caity had plenty of helpful hints and tips as well
I would do this class again

Make a Silver Ring Workshop review by Zerrin Koroglu

Zerrin Koroglu • Feb 2020


I really enjoyed this class, it was laid back and casual
the teacher was helpful but also allowed us time to get stuck into our ring design. Caity had plenty of helpful hints and tips as well
I would do this class again

Jewellery workshop review by Zerrin Koroglu

Ally Sekulovska • Feb 2020


This class was so much fun and Caity was absolutely excellent! Will be recommending this to others

Samantha Louis • Jan 2020


I loved this class, the teacher - Caity gave us good direction. She sat with us individually to help with any ideas we brought to the class to make our silver ring, but its also fine if you don't as she came with examples.

It was a hot evening, but there were fans in the work shop and I didn't feel uncomfortable at all during the class.

I enjoyed the time working on my piece and would highly recommend it, plus I get to keep something I created!


Yvonne Peters • Dec 2019


Teacher was amazing, I learned a lot and came out with lots of fab information. Venue was grouse!

Jane Sunderland • Dec 2019


Had a great time at the Make a Silver Ring Workshop.
Caity was friendly, her instructions were easy to follow, and she gave everyone one-on-one advice during the class and made you feel very comfortable even for complete beginners like me!

Rachel Polivka • Dec 2019


This class was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Caity has great skills with the wax and was knowledgeable about the casting process. She had a lot of funny stories, too. It’s cool to be able to make your own piece of jewelry. There was plenty of time for me to experiment and make three pieces. I chose two to get casted into silver. You get one piece included in the price of the workshop and you can get an additional piece cast for an extra cost, based on the weight of the piece. It’s really good value!

Caitlin Butler • Dec 2019


An amazing class in a very cool venue. Caity, out teacher, was extremely knowledgable and overall a friendly person! It was great fun and I highly recommend
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