Elegant Sculptural Rings

Course Description

About this course

Take your ring making skills and designs to new heights. In this workshop participants will fabricate a completely unique, dimensional, cage-like ring with surface ornamentation of fused, sterling, wire granulation. The ring project’s concept lends itself  to both organic and geometric design styles. These rings can then be further embellished in numerous ways on the inside or outside of the structures using techniques such as keum boo, stone setting, or pigmented resins. Students must have beginning jewelry skills and know how to solder with a torch.

Meet the Instructor

Victoria Lansford

For 25 years post-conceptual artist, educator, and author, Victoria Lansford has created one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters yet are infused with her own provocative vision. Through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating Victoria has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques, including Russian filigree and Eastern repousse, and paved the way for metalsmiths to rediscover the variations from other cultures.

Her award winning artwork has appeared in exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wayne Arts Center, the Mulvane Art Museum, the von Liebig Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Museum and in numerous publications, including the Lark 500 book series, Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist magazines, Repousse and Chasing (Brynmorgan Press), On Body and Soul: Contemporary Amulets to Armor (Schiffer Publishing) and on Home and Garden Television. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta from 1997-2004 and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee.

Victoria's internationally acclaimed instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, featuring the titles Russian Filigree, Rings, All Chained Up, Eastern Repoussé and Chasing, and her iPhone™ app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Victoria lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $60 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver sheet and wire, as well as saw blades, and various flex shaft attachments necessary for finishing projects. 

Students should bring 

If any student would like to incorporate Keum Boo or Stone Setting into their proejcts, they should consider bringing the following:

  • 24k keum boo foil
  • 4-6 mm round cabochon and fine silver bezel wire (Note: If you choose to incorporate a stone, it will save time if you make the bezel before class. The bezel wire should be fus ed closed or soldered with hard solder. It should not have a shelf or back, just the bezel. If you need to wait and do this step in class, that’s fine.

Metalwerx has these tools available for sharing, but students are welcome to bring their own if they have them:

  • Flat, small round, and chain nose pliers
  • Delrin flat pliers
  • Curved nylon forming pliers
  • metal ruler
  • scriber
  • course, med, and high shine 7/8” silicon knife edge wheels and screw top
  • mandrels for the flex shaft
  • Mask and safety goggle for using the flex shaft

Tuition

$525.00

Materials Cost

$65.00

Instructor

Victoria Lansford

Dates

August 8 -10, 2018

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

3 days

Level 
Intermediate and above
Location 
Metalwerx
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