Nicole Ringgold | Forest Undergrowth: forest blossom pendant | Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 8:00 am until 5:30 pm


During this one-day workshop, students will learn how to hand fabricate a trillium flower pendant using techniques such as sawing, forming, fusing, and soldering sterling silver.

**Students must have experience working with a propane/O2 torch system and a solid grasp of silversmithing basics***

Demonstrations will include a multitude of techniques, such as soldering multiple joints in one piece, soldering multiple layers, carving and texturing, and more.

Please note that I offer many different demonstrations throughout the day, so you’re welcome to copy my demonstrations or take the techniques to incorporate into your own version of my designs. I encourage you to explore your own artistic expression.

My intention is not to replicate the plants, but to recreate them with silver with as much detail as possible. My goal with every piece is to make the metal appear alive.

Photos depict examples of Nicole’s creations and will be inspiration for your own unique creations in class.

“My art is inspired by a plant I encounter while hiking through the mountains, the shape of a rock I pluck from the river, my natural surroundings, a sound, glimpse, or smell.”

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Instructor: Nicole Ringgold

Class: Forest Undergrowth: trillium blossom pendant

Date of Class: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Time: 8:00 am until 5:30 pm

Level: Intermediate. ***Students must have experience working with a propane/O2 torch system and a solid grasp of silversmithing basics***

Class Fee: $260

Kit Fee: $115* (payable at class time)

*Kit fee may vary a bit due to fluctuating prices of precious metals.

Kit includes the following

all metals needed to make one trillium blossom pendant

easy, medium and hard wire solder

silicone discs

fine fiber wheel

all needed accessories – burs, bits, grinders, sanders, etc.

chasing and burnishing stakes


setup for distance viewing of all demos

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

soldering stations – torches, fuel, solder, flux, platforms, quench bowls, towels, splitters, hoses and torch tips

Liquid cement

table protection


patina – LOS

Baking Soda for neutralizer

Dawn, paper towels, dishpans for water

Flex shafts

Tracing paper

Double third hands


Student Supply List

work light

Safety glasses/Magnifiers (Optivisor)

Jewelers saw and blades (#2/0-4/0)

wax for saw blades

soldering pick

Copper tongs – two – one for pickle and one for LOS

Files – any variety

Bench Block

Bench Pin and 3” or 4” C-Clamp to secure bench pin (tables vary in thickness)

Pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose, half-round/flat forming pliers

Small jars/plastic bags for scraps


Sharpies and pencils

Note Pad


Ruler/tape measure

Rawhide mallet

Chasing hammer

flush cutters

small ballpeen hammer

center punch

Optional Supply List

Extra sheet metal of choice – silver, copper, gold

Extra wire

Metal shears

Additional Class Comments:

Because this is not a dedicated jewelry/metals studio, we ask you to bring a lot of tools. Some people will be willing to share, but don’t rely on that if there are certain tools you usually work with.

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**** PRE-ORDER YOUR CLASS SUPPLIES TODAY! Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you. SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding! Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
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