If you're wondering how to make properly-sized, durable unique spinner rings for your friends or customers, this spinner ring class will give you endless design options to make spinner rings which are perfect for gifting or selling.
In this one-day metalsmithing jewelry workshop, students will learn an easy and endlessly customizable way to create spinning or fidget rings. Spinning rings are popular sellers that can be customized to fit any style and are a fun item of jewelry to produce and wear.
Students will be introduced to a myriad of options available in creating the spinning ring parts including learning how to twist, texture and modify wire to achieve a unique look. This class provides students with enough time to create several different spinning parts during this workshop so come prepared to create one to two finished rings and multiple parts depending on each students skill set.
Some techniques in this workshop will include:
- Learning how to twist, texture and modify wire to create spinner components.
- How to combine different textures and finishes to create dynamic rings.
- How to size spinner bands to spin around the ring size.
- How to stretch or reduce spinners that are too small or too large.
- The most expedient way to clean up solder on the inside of wide ring bands.
- How to flare both sides of the ring band evenly anticlastic-style to trap spinner components.
Class Duration: 8 hours with a 30-minute break for lunch
Prerequisite: Beginning Metalsmithing (Metals 1) or equivalent
Tools and materials needed: Bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). The N95/P95 mask is needed to protect from polishing and sanding.
Materials fee of $30 includes silver, solder, and wire. Cash or check payable to Silver Peak Studio.
About the instructor, Sara McGraw:
Sara McGraw graduated from The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. Since then she has explored working in various mediums including painting, film and photography, electronics, drawing, and ceramics before choosing to work mainly in the jewelry and metalsmithing field.
Sara learned her craft through the combination of individual exploration and attending workshops through local Colorado studios and metalsmithing associations. Her primary medium is vitreous enamel but she is constantly growing and evolving as a metalsmith and is not averse to incorporating new metalsmithing techniques into her enamel work. Sara has been fortunate enough to take workshops from nationally renowned metalsmiths, jewelers and enamelists including: Ken Bova, Eric Burris, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman, Patsy Croft, Linda Darty, Joanna Gollberg, Anne Havel, Amayak Stephanyan, and Carol Webb.
Sara began instructing students in 2015 and is currently works as a full-time, freelance instructor and metalsmith. She has worked as an instructor for the Denver Jewelry Studio since 2018 and taught a Cloisonné workshop for the Jewelry Club at Arapahoe Community College in February 2020. Sara previously worked as an Office Administrator and Instructor at the Denver School of Metal Arts and was the Shop Support Administrator for Hyde Park Jewelers.