Here are some answers to questions you may have about the ring making workshops!
If there's something that's not covered here, please contact me using the link at the top of the page (bottom if you're on a mobile device), and I'll be happy to help.
Ok, I'm interested! How does this work?
Beginning with a slice of jeweler’s wax, we will use simple hand tools (files, sandpaper, carving knives) to create a basic ring form. Then it gets fun! You can add texture, special details, or a nice smooth finish. Whatever your vision is, we'll make sure you leave with something comfortable and well-made that you'll be proud to wear. Then sit back, relax, and I'll do the rest! After the workshop, your wax model will be professionally cast in solid sterling silver, and lovingly hand-finished & polished by me (Jules!) in my Calgary studio.
Could you show me some examples of what kinds of rings we could make in the workshop?
Absolutely. Check out some amazing creations from past workshops over on Instagram!: @wear.process. The sky's the limit!
I'm nervous! Can I really do this?
Yes!! You will be amazed at how fun and easy the wax carving process is. You'll have access to all the tools and materials (and encouragement!) needed to create something beautiful. I will demonstrate some very easy techniques that can be used to shape and texture your carving. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way as you work, so it will be 100% stress free.
How wide can I make my ring?
Your class fee covers a ring up to 5 mm wide. Want something a little bolder or like the feeling of wearing a nice heavy chunk of metal? Thicker/wider rings can be made for an additional cost, based on the final weight of your piece in silver. This can be calculated on the day of the workshop and paid with credit card or e-transfer.
I’d like to participate but I have NO idea what to make!
No problem! I’ll provide some examples of shapes and textures you might try, and photos for inspiration to get the wheels turning. And if nothing seems right, don't panic! Consider creating something simple in design such as a plain round band - classics are classics for a reason and the fact that it's made by YOU is what makes it special :)
I'm not a 'silver person' - can I choose a different metal for my ring?
Silver is a nice option because it requires very little upkeep if you wear it frequently. However, if you wear bronze or brass regularly and you know and love what it's all about (antiquey-tarnishing when it gets wet, potential skin discolouration etc.) I will be happy to cast it in either of those metals for you. Yellow or rose gold plating on top of your silver is also a nice luxe option (without that solid gold investment!), and if you have plans to make something extra special, we can definitely chat about casting it in solid gold (all colors & karats available) or platinum. Get ready to make a beautiful heirloom piece!
I'd like to make this ring as a gift for someone. Will that work?
Sure! You just need to come prepared with their correct ring size. Most jewelry stores will size for free. Make sure you measure the exact finger the ring will be worn on, and keep in mind that the width of the band will affect the fit. For wider bands, we typically go up a half or full size vs. a thin band worn on the same finger. If you're sizing with a thin band, make a note of that and I can help you decide whether to adjust based on your ring design. Alternatively, if you'd like to pick up a free ring sizer to use at home prior to the workshop, send me an email - I've got you covered!
When will my ring be ready?
I will do my very best to have your ring ready for pickup within 8 weeks. I appreciate your patience as I'm a one-woman show and in everything I do I am committed to meticulous craftswomanship. Plus, after all that work you put into making it, your awesome creation deserves the best!!
If you would like to have your finished ring sooner for a special occasion please let me know and we can discuss options to expedite the process.
How do I pick it up?
When the rings are ready, I will provide info for local pickup (in Crescent Heights).
I’ll be coming in from out of town just for the workshop, how can I get my ring when it’s done?
I can ship it to you, no problem. Thanks for making the trip!!!
If you need to cancel for any reason up to 5 days before the event I will offer a full refund. After that, I am unable to refund your payment, as supplies have already been purchased and the venue has been booked. Thanks for understanding! Your fee can be applied to a future workshop, or you may transfer it to a friend who agrees to take your place.
Will my friends and family be super impressed when they see my ring and I tell them I MADE IT?