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    Vanaria.6 hollow rings in multiple metals
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    Vanaria.silver hollow ring with fordite
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    Vanaria.multiple samples of hollow rings
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    Vanaria.7 hollow rings
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    Vanaria.hollow ring in different stages

Hollow Signet-Style Rings

Looking to go bigger or add volume to your work but not sure how to address the always looming element of weight that comes with working with metal? Look no further! Hollow construction is hear to help!

In this demo-focused virtual workshop, students will learn how to transform a sheet of metal into a wearable three-dimensional volumetric form by way of hollow metal construction seen across numerous contemporary jewelry format and as popularized by Alan Revere’s book “Professional Jewelry Making.”

Along the way, students will hone several important jewelry techniques such as fabrication, planning, and finishing. Focusing on rings, customization to suit their own aesthetics will be discussed as well, and students are encouraged to follow along by making a ring of their own between class session! The instructor will discuss numerous options for caping or adding detail to the top of the finished forms as well.

    Meet the instructor

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    William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

    William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."

    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 (NOTE any distributor will work for sheet metal and copper or sterling silver will work as well):

    • 5"x2" min. x brass sheet - 20g


    Torch setup:


    Hand tools:


    Other/miscellaneous items: 

    • hard work surface

    • fan and open window - or ventilation system

    • safety glasses 

    • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

    • rags/towels

    • rubber cement


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