Richard Salley | The Poison Ring | Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | 9 am until 4 pmi


As you may know, poison rings are traditionally a type of “container”, usually hidden under a bezel or gemstone and intended to hold poison or another substance to be used for some dastardly task.  Such discreet – not to mention fashionable – means of hiding fatal potions has inspired countless stories of assassins and jealous spouses having the ultimate revenge.

But the secret of poison rings is that their use to poison people has never really been documented!  These rings, coming from India and the Far East made their way to Europe and elsewhere in the Holy Relic Trade of the middle ages.  Rather than employing these adornments for poisons, they were actually used more as lockets to hold perhaps a lock of hair or the image of a loved one.  In a time rife with robbery, these rings provided the ultimate “safe” for ones most cherished keepsakes.

In this workshop yo will learn to make one of these fabulous rings and see what sort of use you may have for it………. nefarious or benign.

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Instructor: Richard Salley

Date of Class: 02/01/2018

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Class Fee: $145

Level: Intermediate

Type: Project-Techniques

Kit Fee: $30 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

24g sterling silver sheet (6mm x 72mm)

24g sterling silver sheet (3mm x 72mm)

22g sterling silver sheet (38mm x 44mm) x2

18g sterling silver sheet (6mm x 72m)

bezel wire

sterling silver tubing (2mm x 10mm)

cabochon approx. 18mm x 24mm

silver solder



Student Supply List

Safety glasses

Jewelers saw and blades (#2/0-4/0)

Bench Block

Bench Pin

Pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose

Files – hand files and/or needle files

Calipers – digital calipers can be found online or at Harbor Freight for around $20

Rawhide mallet

Wire cutters


bezel rocker, burnishers or bezel pusher

Ring mandrel

Ott light and extension cord

Optional Supply List

***if you want to bring your own cabochon it needs to fit on the base that I will provide which measures 38mm x 44mm.

Metal shears

miter vise/jig

texture hammers or metal stamps

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Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!