Make Your Own Gemstone Ring Workshop

Get hands on guidance to make your own gemstone ring



7.5 hours Class size 1 to 4 (public classes), 3 to 5 label $230

In this hands-on one-day workshop, "gemstonelux" in the Blue Mountains, you will learn the techniques to create a made-to-measure ring with a stone handmade by you!

During this full-day workshop, you’ll be taken through the steps to creating a beautiful piece of jewellery featuring a semi-precious cabochon set in sterling silver. You'll learn to make the entire piece, including the ring band, which will fit your finger perfectly, so you will be able to wear your ring home after the workshop.

First, you’ll learn how to work with metal, first using copper to practice cutting and soldering. Then move on to creating your own beautiful sterling silver ring with a gemstone. You’ll learn to size the bezel needed for a stone, cut the right length of your bezel wall, saw out the backplate of the setting, solder a setting together, polish your piece, and finally set your stone to create your stunning, unique piece of jewellery.

You'll be able to choose the type/colour/size of round cabochon gemstone. Standard size gemstones will be included in the workshop fee.

You're also welcome to bring your own cabochon gemstone to set in your ring, as long as it has been approved prior to the workshop.

What techniques are covered?

  • Soldering a sterling silver strip to a ring band
  • Pickle and polishing
  • Stone setting techniques for cabochon stones
  • Finishing your ring

This workshop is great for those who have a little bit of experience in jewellery and preferably have taken one of Fran’s other jewellery workshops.

Set in the Blue Mountains, Lady Bird Studio / Karinya has expansive views over a valley of trees and the property backs onto the national park. BYO your lunch, take a break, enjoy the view from the studio and chatting with other students.

Please note: The workshop will only go ahead if there are two or more participants - anyone booked will be notified and moved to a new date that suits them.


Knowledge required
This workshop is suitable for those who have done other silver workshops or have a little bit of experience with jewellery making.
 
What you'll get
  • All materials and equipment
  • A gemstone cabochon – you’ll be able to select from a wide variety
  • A piece of copper and silver provided
  • An apron will also be provided to help protect your clothes
  • Morning tea provided with a selection of tea and coffee
What to bring
  • Enthusiasm and ideas
  • BYO lunch
  • Wear comfortable clothes as you will be working with tools (an apron is provided)
  • You must wear closed-in shoes and long hair must be tied back
Location

Ladybird Design - 43 Valley Road, Wentworth Falls NSW

Make Your Own Gemstone Ring Workshop location
Your teacher
Fran Cane
Fran Cane
(Lady Bird Design)

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Fran is an artist; an educator, neither overshadows, they simply entwine and enrich one another.

At a young age Fran discovered the value of creating art in her daily life. The act of art helped Fran express her identity. The process of developing an idea, especially with jewellery, seeing that idea come to completion by Fran's own hand filled her with satisfaction and accomplishment.  Fran began to see how creating art helped other aspects of my life and learning.

Fran is inspired by nature, patterns, form and texture. Each created piece portrays a slice of life, a perspective of the world in which we all live. Her mediums span painting and jewellery to collage and stitching. They all bring joy, though not everything turns out how she envisaged.

In particular Fran sees the unique design and individually handcrafted nature of bespoke jewellery as an ornamental way of extending personal self-expression. During the creative process, she is mindful that someone will be wearing the piece and it will come alive only when it finds its owner.

Fran is most comfortable in the studio classroom teaching art than in any other place or endeavour. It fills her soul to help others learn by exposing them to tools, materials and techniques of Fran's trade and then develop their skills and confidence in the creative medium.

Through support, conversation and laughter, I set a welcoming scene of free expression.

Ladybird Design Creative Studio is the culmination of creating a life around my passions of art, jewellery and teaching. It frees Fran to take a piece of silver, blank canvas or paper, turn it into a beautiful thing and share it with the world every day. Fran believes now more than ever that pursuing one’s passions makes life more colourful and vibrant, gives us pleasure and purpose, but most of all it reminds us of who we are.

Fran would love to share the joy of creating and making with you.

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Candace Jun 2023


What a fabulous day making a silver gemstone ring. Fran is so talented and patient, helped out with design ideas and some of the tricky bits. Everything is provided and I’ve walked away with new skills and a beautiful piece of jewellery that I will treasure. Signing up for another class right now. Thanks Fran

Make Your Own Gemstone Ring Workshop review by Candace  - Blue Mountains

Cath Jun 2023


The stone setting class is fantastic. A full day but we covered all the basics of making a gorgeous sterling silver ring with a feature stone which was provided by Fran. She is a great teacher and so patient and generous with her time. I am delighted with the ring I made it is lovely. Thank you Fran.

Kate McConville Dec 2021


Fran is the most hospitable and warm teacher Ive ever had. She is incredibly welcoming and provided an excellent experience. Her new studio is set up perfectly for what we were doing and even had adjustable height chairs. It was hard to make a choice with the gems as she had so many to choose from and all beautiful. Good value is an understatement and how do you measure companionship? With this advanced workshop Im finally feeling more confident with cutting materials and soldering.

Barbara Callan Nov 2021


I Loved this class. Fran is such a great teacher and I feel very confident in her ability and the finished product is testament to that. A lot of fun too.
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