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    Hurant.braided silver rings with white and blue stones
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    Hurant.braided gold ring with blue green stone

Braided Rings

This 2-day virtual workshop will focus on an ancient Etruscan style braided ring. The course zeros in on a hand braided ring shank with a shaped bezel and set stone. Students will learn to fine tune their skills in both soldering and fusing, preparing wire for the braiding technique, learning an ancient Roman method of braiding, and reinforce their stone setting skills. We will discuss braiding in other styles of rings as well!

Meet the instructor

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jill Hurant’s creativity began by watching her mother, a talented artist in her own right. Jill was always creating something be it embroidered jeans, handmade belts or handbags. “I’ve always had the need to be doing something with a creative edge.” She left Ohio in the early 70’s to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. While there she met and married her husband and then moved to New Jersey. Nine years ago a friend of Jill’s encouraged her to visit a woman who was taking classes at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan. Her friend said that she knew Jill would find the process of jewelry making fascinating. That visit changed Jill’s life. Although too intimidated for a year to call the school, Jill finally scheduled a class and the rest, as they say, is history.

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials: 

  • 10ft x fine silver round wire - 22g (Rio Grande)

  • 3ft x fine silver round wire - 20g (Rio Grande)

  • 1"x6" x fine silver sheet - 26g (Rio Grande)

  • 10" x fine silver round wire - 18g (Rio Grande)

  • 12" x binding wire (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x sheet of sandpaper - 180 (Amazon)

  • 1 x sheet of sandpaper - 320 (Amazon)

  • 1 x 10mm x 10mm min. cabochon - rounded square, square, or round


Torch setup:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels

  • black fine point marker

  • small bowl for water

  • 2”-3” painters tape or masking tape

  • transfer punch set- not necessary but helps (Harbor Freight)

  • wooden dowel ½” to ⅝” about 4” long

  • round flat washer from home depot 1.5” in diameter for twisting wire

  • 12”x 6” wooden board to tamp on

  • binding wire

  • any long thin pen to use for twisting of wire

  •  bird embroidery scissors - great to cut thin fine silver sheet - OPTIONAL

  • 12” ruler

  • safety glasses

  • magnification, if needed


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