Metals Week | Studio Luna Verde | Grasp: a ring class | September 15, 2020 | 8:30 AM until noon and 1:30 until 5:00 pm and – 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM


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Date of Class: September 15, 2020

Number of hours of class: 9

Time: 8:30 am until noon and 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Maximum number of students: 9

(due to AZ gathering restrictions)

Level: advanced-beginner, intermediate

Type: Technique

Grasp – to take hold of firmly: embrace.

In this class, we will learn how to grasp a faceted stone of your choice in a hand fabricated silver prong setting to make a dramatic, sculptural ring. We will also explore several options for making a unique and organic ring shank to showcase your setting, some utilizing scrap silver.

You may choose to go simple, or sublime, but either way, be prepared to take your creations to another level!

Kit Fee: $105** (payable to Vivi Magoo at start of class)

**Kit fee may vary due to fluctuating prices of precious metals.

Included in kit

faceted gemstone (variety depends on availability)

3” x .5” 18g sterling silver sheet

3” x .5” 20g sterling silver sheet

1’  16g sterling silver wire

knife edge pumice wheel w/ mandrel

snap on sanding discs w/ mandrel

diamond bur

wire solder

3M polishing paper

#55 drill bit

bronze bitlets

soft charcoal block

the following will be available for use in class

*safe distance markers on classroom flooring

*Face mask for each student

*Hand sanitizer for each student

*Disinfectant for each workspace

*Vivi Magoo will provide these for our students, and you are invited to bring additional supplies for your personal use as well.

 Complete soldering stations – one per student at safely distanced classroom workbenches

soldering platforms

annealing pan and pumice

heat safe surface


torch tips



quench bowls

pickle containers

patina containers

heating sources for pickle and patina



Dawn dish detergent

paper towels

Containers for water

table protection

flex shafts – one for each student bench

Student Supply List

for this class, feel free to bring a faceted stone that tickles your fancy

preferably no smaller than 7mm

I do not recommend turquoise or opals for prong setting, as they can be easily scratched

soldering pick

hard charcoal soldering block (approximately 5”x2-1/2”)

old long-nose pliers for use when soldering

cross lock tweezers

copper tongs – 2 pair – one each for pickle and patina

fine point tweezers or natural hair paintbrush for placing solder

ring mandrel

jewelers saw and blades (#2/0 – #4/0)

cut lube or wax for burs

bench pin / 3” or 4” C-Clamp to secure bench pin (tables vary in thickness)

pliers – flat nose, chain nose, round nose

flush cutters

metal shears

miter vise/jig

steel bench block and something to soften sound from blows (rubber block, for example)

chasing hammer

ball peen hammer

rawhide hammer or nylon mallet

files – hand files and needle files

sanding sticks and/or sandpaper (220-320 grit)


center punch



ruler (with mm reading helpful)

prong pusher (i will also have optional prong setting pliers available for sale)

bezel rocker / burnisher

sterling silver scrap (wire, sheet, whatever you have, and you don’t need much)

safety glasses

ear protection – it can get loud!


Optional Supply List

extra silver wire of varying gauges

extra silver sheet

worklight (preferably battery-operated)

your own favorite tools

*Face mask

*Disposable gloves

*Hand sanitizer

*Disinfectant for workspace

*Vivi Magoo will provide these for our students, and you are invited to bring additional supplies for your personal use as well.

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