Making Rings at Precious Metal Arts
Our customized tutoring sessions are a perfect path to making a ring (or rings) for yourself, your significant other, or both. It’s also a great way to make wedding rings. If your schedule permits, you could also choose a weekend class to introduce you to basic techniques before moving on to tutoring to complete your special design. Many of our couples have shared that sitting side by side crafting each other’s bands added even more meaning to the tradition of giving and receiving these symbols.
What kind of ring can I make?
We can teach you how to make wedding bands and rings in almost ANY finger size and ANY width and thickness. You can learn to make them in 10 kt, 14 kt, 18 kt, 22 kt, or platinum. You can also choose between yellow, white, and rose gold. The price will depend on the weight of the precious metal as well as the proportions of the ring that you make.
How does it work?
People most often learn to make their rings by carving them out of wax, which can then be weighed to estimate the gold needed and determine the price. The wax ring is cast using the lost wax casting method into any of the above metals. After being cast, the ring needs to be finished and polished. Carving wax allows you to engrave texture and have more dimensional freedom in your design. It also allows you to create a number of practice rings before committing to metal. Another advantage is that the final ring is solid gold and seamless after casting.
Alternatively, it is possible to guide you in fabricating your rings from metal. This is a more challenging process, but can be achieved by first creating a practice ring in sterling silver before moving on to creating your final band.
Most people require two to three group tutoring sessions to create the rings, and sometimes one more session for texturing, finishing, and polishing the final rings. It’s possible you could accomplish this faster if you have started with a weekend class. Small accent stones can be set into your rings or larger stones can be mounted on your design in a traditional prong or bezel setting.
You may find it helpful to visit these pages for more information:
- Our Tutoring page will give you more information on these personalized sessions
- Our Prices page provides days, times, and prices for tutoring sessions and classes
- Our Dates page lists our schedule of classes through December 2020.
Please do not hesitate to call the studio at 310-581-4844 or email us if you have any additonal questions or concerns.