Stackable Rings

Course Description

About this course

Learn how to make a variety of rings to stack together in just one day! No experience is required; students will learn the basics of metalsmithing while creating up to six stackable rings. (Or perhaps a single ring for up to six different digits!) We will cut, file, join, texture, polish, and patina metal to create a set of lovely, wearable rings. Students will begin by learning how to make a basic band ring, and then will explore twisted wire and alternative materials! 

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 $45 materials kit for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver wire in various gauges and shapes (round, square, etc) as well as sterling silver sheet, saw blades, and base metal sheet and wire used for sample making and roller printing. 

Students should bring 
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • OPTIONAL: A flat material no more than a quarter inch thick. (To make rings with! For example: exotic hard woods, Bakelite poker chips, etc.)



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


June 16, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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