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Tube Set Scroll Ring

The language of ornamental blacksmithing is as striking as it is elegant, and thankfully it’s not exclusive to wrought iron working techniques - these entrancing metal manipulation processes can be adapted to fine jewelry making as well! In this technical, hands-on 1-day workshop students will forge out a scroll-ring in silver utilizing the language blacksmiths have been using for decades! Further embellishment will then be added in the form of a stone setting, as students will learn how to tube-set a round faceted stone as the centerpiece.

By the end of this course, students will not only have a refined hand for small-scale forging, but an easy and accessible stone setting technique they can work into numerous jewelry formats! If time permits, a more advanced, secondary scrolling method will be demonstrated!

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

There is a $42 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes sterling silver square wire (10g), sterling silver heavy walled tubing (3.5 OD), facet stones, stone setting bur, slotted mandrel, sandpaper, screw mandrel, polishing wheels, radial bristle discs, and use of other miscellaneous consumables items needed for workshop objectives.

Students should bring
  • 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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