Alex Boyd | Gold Overlay Carved Ring | Monday, February 5, 2024 | 9:00 am until 4:30 pm



In this class students will learn how to make a sterling silver ring with a thin layer of 22k gold over it.

I will teach how to lay out patterns around a ring so the finished pattern will be consistent and even over the whole circumference.

We will then carve the patterns through the gold using needle files.

Once the pattern is achieved the rings will be oxidized with liver of sulfur to expose the contrast between silver and gold.

Students will have the opportunity to make as many rings as time and their budget allow.

I will also bring blank sterling rings to practice carving the patterns to give students a chance to hone their skills before committing to gold.

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Title of class: Gold Overlay Carved Ring

Instructor: Alex Boyd

Date of Class:  February 5, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Type: Techniques and Project

Class Fee: $205

Kit Fee: Kits will start at $185

Kit Includes

12 gauge sterling silver strip for base ring

28 gauge 22k gold to sheath the silver ring

Hard silver solder

18k yellow hard solder

3 silver rings to practice carving patterns

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Paper jeweler’s rulers

Needle tipped bottles


Liver of sulphur

Baking Soda

The following will be available for use in class

Torch stations





Soldering surfaces

Quench pots

Pickle pots

Copper Tongs

Student Supply List

Here are all the tools I’ll use for this project with hyperlinks to examples.  There are many options available and the links are more to make sure we’re on the same page than a specific endorsement of that product.  There are also often work-arounds for missing tools or I can let students borrow mine if necessary.  The most crucial tools for success in this project are high quality needle files.  I really don’t recommend economy files.

Bench Pin and clamp to hold it to workbench

Fine tipped permanent marker (these are my favorite but Sharpie is fine)

Half round pliers

parallel pliers

Steel bench block

something to deaden the sound from the bench block

old toothbrush

3m Radial Bristle Discs (optional, but my preferred way to finish pieces)

Painter’s tape

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Instructor Email Address:

Instructor Website:

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.




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 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 the class, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in September!

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!