Spinning Rings

Course Description

About this course

In this one-day workshop students will create a ring with a free spinning, kinetic element in the center. This project will teach tight tolerance fabrication techniques, selective soldering strategies, decorative surface treatment considerations, and proper polishing protocols. Students can expect to walk away with a finished ring and knowledge for future projects. Completion of Jewelry 1 or equivalent is required.

To promote safe working conditions, class will meet for 3 hours on September 1st and 3 hours on September 8th. 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

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 

There is a $30 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver wire and sheet, as well as small pieces of brass and copper to incorporate into the spinner portion of the ring. 

Students should bring 
  • drawing implements and notebook 
  • any extra silver (if they tend to be prolific in the making process)
  • any favorite hand tools they enjoy using (Metalwerx has many tools available for use during the workshop)



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


September 1 -8, 2020


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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