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Eternity Band: Bezels in the Round

Have you always admired the eternity style band ring and wondered how to fabricate it? Join Jill in this 3-day workshop to learn her method of fabricating this versatile band!

Students will make good use of their basic metalsmithing skills while picking up a few new ones! Many techniques will be covered, with an emphasis on how to fuse fine silver bezels, as this is the mainstay for this style of ring. Types of stones that can be used, sizing of the ring, fabricating the base of the ring, soldering in’s and out’s, proper use of specific rotary attachments, and the correct way to set stones are just a few of the other topics and techniques that will be covered. Jill will additionally have a plethora of jewelry making tips and tricks while at the jewelers bench!

Each student's ring will be made in fine silver and 6mm cabochons but once the technique is mastered, this ring lends itself to many different cuts of stones and variations. Each student should be able to finish one ring with the chance to begin another if they wish!

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

There is an estimated $85 materials fee for an instructor provided materials kit which is payable directly to the instructor during the workshop. The materials kit fee covers:

  • 24g fine silver sheet

  • 26g fine silver sheet

  • long life charcoal block

  • moores discs 220 grit

  • snap on mandrel

  • eve knife edge silicone wheel medium

  • eve knife edge silicon wheel fine

  • screw mandrel

  • separating disc

  • green polishing paper

  • grey polishing paper

  • blue polishing paper

  • pink polishing  paper

  • 180 sandpaper

  • 320 sandpaper

  • laser gold saw blades 5/0

  • hard silver solder

  • medium silver solder

  • handy flux 1lb container

  • assortment of 6mm round cabochon stones

Students should bring

NOTE: Metalwerx has many of these tools for communal use, but we recommend you bring your own / extra if you have them or if you do not want to wait to use a communal tool / item. Items marked with an asterisk (*) will be in particularly low quantities for sharing and we strongly recommend you bring your own if you have them. 

  • soldering pick

  • third arm

  • locking tweezer either bent or straight

  • saw frame

  • metal scissors

  • round nose pliers

  • flat nose pliers

  • chain nose plier

  • ring mandrel

  • assorted needle files*

  • barrette file*

  • scribe

  • dividers

  • flush cutter

  • bezel rocker

  • burnisher for stone setting

  • soldering pick

  • safety glasses

  • magnification

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • notebook or sketchpad

  • pen or pencil

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave

 

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