Nicole Ringgold | a cuff: Leaves and Leather | Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 8:00 am until 5:00 pm (one-hour lunch period)


In this class students will fabricate a leaf, a unique cuff clasp, and rivet the silver to leather.

Techniques covered will include sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, and riveting.

NOTE START TIME FOR THIS CLASS ***8:00 am – 5:00 pm (one-hour lunch break)***

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

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Title of class: a cuff: Leaves on Leather

Instructor: Nicole Ringgold

Date of Class: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: NOTE START TIME FOR THIS CLASS ***8:00 am – 5:00 pm (one-hour lunch break)***

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

Type: Sawing, forming, texturing, soldering, fabricating cuff clasp, riveting

Class Fee: $275

Kit Fee: $170

Kit Includes

  • 1 3×6” sheet of 22 gauge sterling silver
  • 2’ 16 gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 1’ 21 gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 8” leather strip (2-2.5” wide)
  • Silver solder, easy, medium and hard

Instructor will have the following for use in class:soldering stations

  • torches, fuel, solder, flux, platforms, quench bowls, towels
  • Propane/oxygen Little Smith torches
  • Torch tips – #6
  • Liquid cement
  • table protection
  • pickle
  • patina – LOS
  • Baking Soda for neutralizer
  • Dawn, paper towels, dishpans for water
  • Flex shafts
  • Tracing paper
  • third hands
  • Pick, tweezers, tongs
  • Flux
  • Eastern Repousse and Chasing stakes (I will bring at least one set)
  • Awl or center punch
  • Twist drills for 16-g wire
  • AdvantEdge burs
  • Separating discs
  • Black silicone wheels
  • Fiber wheels, fine and abrasive
  • Dedeco polishing wheels
  • Hand shears

Student Supply List

  • Saw and blades for 22-g sheet
  • Bench pin
  • Bench block
  • Any basic hammer such as one from Ace
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer
  • Files
  • Sand paper
  • Extra mandrels for flex shaft

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

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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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!