Sarah Long | Give It a Shot: rings | Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm


Create an embellishment that YOU forge from scrap silver and then solder to a heavy gauge band. These are great on their own or added to a ring stack. I show you how I fabricate multiple ring bands that are easily sized (I even size these by up to one ring size on the fly at shows for my customers!). This is also a wonderful project for practicing your pick soldering. I have some helpful hints for how I perform this process in the studio.

Techniques covered: creating and sizing a ring band with very little fuss, using a jewelers saw, using a simple bench polisher, pick soldering, creating embellishments using shot plates, refining and finish work.

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Instructor: Sarah Long (aka Brown Dog Studio)

Title of Class: Give It a Shot: rings

Date of Class:  Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level: all levels welcome

Type: project and technique class

Class Fee: $100

Kit Fee: $50 (will be paid to Vivi in advance of the class)

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

Kit Fee Includes

sterling silver wire to optimally make 3 rings

bronze alloy for optional variation


soldering stations with torches, quench, annealing pan and pumice, flux and table protection

pickle and patina

my favorite sanding stick and pad

expendables for flexshaft and bench polisher

Instructor will have the following for use in class

soldering stations and table protection


charcoal block to share

bench polisher

crockpots for pickle and patina

shot plates and forging hammer

flex shaft for class demos and some cleanup

My favorite mandrel pliers for shaping the ring bands. You may borrow mine or purchase your own if you wish to work more quickly.

Student Supply List

jewelers saw and blades (2/0 -4/0)

blade wax or lubricant

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

files (one large straight file)

needle files

weighted rawhide or nylon mallet

chasing hammer

ring mandrel

steel bench block and leather to deaden noise

needle nose pliers, 2 pairs

bent nose pliers

flush wire cutters

Soldering pick (I will be recommending my favorite titanium pick if you plan to work on your pick soldering!), tweezers, old jewelry pliers for soldering

cross lock tweezers (I use these almost exclusively instead of a third hand)

small solderite board or chunk of kiln brick. I like having both and use together!

Brass brush for cleaning and burnishing

very fine sharpie, pencil, notepad

Optional Supply List

Safety glasses and ear protection

Dust mask recommended

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Your favorite shot plates and a forging hammer if you want to work more quickly

Mandrel pliers. You may use mine or bring your own if you wish to work more quickly. I will send these details in the class email.

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