Ring Design and Fabrication Methods

Course Description

About this course

Jump into this three day class for a fun exploration of all things ring! Combine fabrication techniques in gold and silver, argentium fusion, embossing, direct casting, creative use of scrap and more to create one-of-a-kind rings. Add value and color to your jewelry by adding a touch of gold to a silver piece. This class not only combines gold and silver, but also classical techniques with practical shortcuts for making work efficiently. From elegant to funky, we will look at ways to make rings that are unique to your taste.

Daily demonstrations will focus on working with argentium silver and combining it with gold to make unique rings. Paulette will share many tips and tricks for fabrication, soldering and cleanup, and creative use of gems and found objects.

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

The instructor will have a Argentium silver, bezel wire in silver and gold, scrap gold, gems pearls and found objects for sale directly to students as needed. 

Students should bring 
  • Sketchbook to keep track of notes and ideas.
  • Students are welcome to bring any gem pearl or object that they would like to incorporate into a ring. 
  • Basic jewelry hand tools (including sanding sticks, dividers, saw blades, coarse cut files, pliers, wire snips, etc.)



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Paulette Werger


November 9 -11, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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