Take your ring designs to a new level by learning how to make statement rings with your favorite cabochons! One of the challenges in stone ring is learning how to create a custom bezel, center the bezel on the ring band, and to securely set the stone.
At the end of class, you will have completed a sterling silver ring with a stone of your choice that is centered and securely-set in a custom-made bezel.
We will cover:
- Bezel sizing and fitting
- Bezel soldering
- Sweat soldering
- Texturing metal
- Ring sizing
- Stone setting on a ring
- Polish and finish work
Class Duration: 8 hours with a 30 minute break for lunch
We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate conference room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.
Prerequisite: Intro to Metalsmithing, Level 1 Metalsmithing, Metals 1, or equivalent is required.
Last day to cancel for a full refund or class transfer is June 4, 2023. After this date, no refunds or transfers will be given. Please review our FAQ page for directions and dress code. By registering for the class you agree to our policies and dress code.
Tools and Materials
For ring band, please bring your own pre-made sterling silver ring band from Metals 1: Intro to Metals or you can purchase one for $20.
You will need to bring your own KN95 or N95 mask to use while polishing. If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $5 (limit 1 per person).
Materials fee will depend on the stones selected and the amount of silver used. A selection of stones will be available for purchase at the beginning of class or you can bring your own stone. Silver will be charged at $1.50/gram.
Cash, Venmo, or check accepted.
About the instructor, Jen Lesea-Ames:
A former personal fitness trainer and certified USA-Triathlon coach with over 18 years of teaching experience, Jen retired from her fitness and coaching career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and underwent two major hip surgeries. Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now Denver Jewelry Studio) from 2012-2016.
After her hip surgeries and recovery, she decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014 and opened Silver Peak Studio in July 2020.
Jen is the owner, designer, and metalsmith of Jen Lesea Designs, (2009-present). Her jewelry is sold in over 50 stores nationwide, including Fallingwater Museum Store, the Denver Art Museum Gift Shop, and the national catalog Uncommon Goods. Her experience and work has landed her local and national press. Jen is an Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America GIA.
Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in everything she does, whether its teaching metalsmithing, talking to art show patrons, or motivating people to try something new, like stand up paddle-boarding!
As the owner of Silver Peak Studio, it is her intention to provide a safe, clean, professional and fun environment where students can grow in metalsmithing and enjoy the journey.
A few of Jen's favorite things: cats, pizza, and outdoor adventures.