April Bower | LIVE STREAM ONLINE: Reticulated and Fused – A Study in Contrasts | Tuesday, December 8, 2020 thru Friday, December 11, 2020 and Tuesday, December 15, 2020


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Learn how to create and successfully reticulate silver, fuse Argentium, stone set, fold form, pearl cut, and finish rings you design. Fusing, forming, finishing, burnishing and oxidizing will be addressed with a combination of prerecorded videos and live Zoom interactions with instructor April Bower and other students.

Work with your own tools in the comfort of your own studio.

Laptop or Tablet recommended for viewing, and cell phone camera for sharing photos of your project if you have questions for April.

Please familiarize yourself with Zoom and make sure to download the Zoom Apps on your devices.


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Instructor: April Bower


Dates of Class: December 8 – 11, 2020 and December 15, 2020

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, December 8th through Friday, December 15th

9:00 – 10:30 am (Phoenix time)

Students will participate in a daily Zoom classroom with April. Question and answer period, live demos and further instruction will occur during these classroom meetups.

Instructional Videos will include:
  • Creating with Argentium wire
  • Depletion gilding
  • Fusing
  • Granules
  • Pearl cutting
  • Fold-forming
  • Stone setting
  • Polishing and oxidizing

Pre-recorded videos will be available for student viewing and will remain available for an additional two months at end of class. 

Tuesday, December 15th

3:00 – 4:00 pm (Phoenix time):


Grab a beverage of your choice and join us online for some social time! Totally casual – time to share your finished pieces with fellow students – share your thoughts on the class – relax and enjoy new and old friendships

Class Fee: $299
Level: intermediate, must be comfortable with a torch
Type: A Project and Technique Workshop

Student Supply List

Wire for pearl frame: 14g Argentium round wire  minimum 3” suggested:1-foot

Wire for ring frames: I used ARG SS 8g half round wire Argentium wire in the videos.

I suggest 1-ft

Use this or same in 10g (also pictured in video) for a slightly narrower/lighter weight version.

I prefer to use 10ga or 12-ga ROUND and roll it to about 1mm thick for my frames, but if you don’t have a rolling mill, buy the half round.

No matter which you use, it must be Argentium.

I suggest 1-ft round wire option:  10g round Argentium wire

Sheet for pearl backing:  22g ARG SS sheet  1”x1” or wide enough to go under pearl or cab with extra for frame and edge.

I suggest 1” length, (1”x6”) as that gives you lots of options and for use later.

I use Argentium. If you have extra 18-ga from ring band you can use that, but it doesn’t need to be that thick. You could roll it thinner.

Use any ARG SS sheet down to 24g.

You could probably get by with ½” or 5/8” wide x 6” to purchase

Reticulation Silver: This is a special alloy 800/200, not sterling 925/75.

It comes in 4 “width from Rio  22g Reticulation silver

You will need 1” x4” minimum.

It is available from Hauser & Miller too. I think theirs is 3” wide. You must call them.  You will need 1” x4” minimum or whatever the maximum diameter of your circle ring top is.

If you want to experiment more, I suggest 2”x4” or 4”x4” or sky is the limit.

You can reticulate sterling but for this project I recommend 80/20.

Sheet for shank: I use Argentium but it is not necessary as we will not be fusing on the shank, but rather soldering it on. Use sterling if you already have it or prefer it.

In kits for other classes, I would tend to supply 1×3” to make 2 wide ring bands, but ARG SS 18g sheet  must be ordered in 6” widths: so you’ll need to purchase 1”x6”

You could probably get by with 5/8” x 6”  and get 3 shanks out of it or 2 shanks and some extra metal, unless you have a larger finger.

Full drilled pearls  or round cab.

For pearl, use some you have. Bigger diameter is better. If you don’t have any, ask a friend or put word out on Facebook as there are lots of extras around and about, and you only need one or two.

Another option would be to choose a smaller round Cabochon for the same effect.

Tube setting and round facetted or cab stone for folded ring (2nd ring) if desired. See comments on Setting punches below.

Silver Solder – Medium & Easy. It does not need to be Argentium solder, but use it if you wish. I like Argentium solder and use it for most everything. You can purchase it in wire form as well, but I like sheet. Choose what you like.


Student tools, materials and supplies needed to complete the project

  • Hand tools
  • bench pin
  • Jewelers saw & 3/0 blades (or close)
  • bench block
  • leather or non-mar mallet
  • planishing hammer
  • side cutters
  • metal shears
  • Round or square ring mandrel
  • Round Bezel mandrel
  • hand files & sanding sticks to smooth edges
  • sharpie marker, fine tip
  • Fire brick, or charcoal block, or hard solderite board (I use all) but you could get by with charcoal or solderite.
  • scratch brush – I love the one from Allcraftusa, but for depletion gilding you can use any old brass scratch brush
  • safety glasses and dust mask
  • epoxy
  • I use Eurotool Handy Flame butane, but use what you have. Bushier flame is better than small pinpoint flame for this project. If Smith Little torch, play with tip size and watch torch video.
  • Solder Set Up. Heat proof soldering area, Pickle, copper tongs, 3rd hand, tweezers, flux brush, solder pick
  • Flux
  • patina – Your favorite blackener: Liver of Sulfur, Gosiba, Jax, Black Max
  • Rolling mill; flat or combo. *You could planish (hand hammer) the wire flat, if no rolling mill.
  • Polishing lathe or flex shaft and burs for cleanup and polishing. *0000 steel wool and pro polish pad will do.
  • Vise or drilled hole in stump or bench to hold ring mandrel for forming
  • Polished planishing hammer

*2nd ring optional. You may want a tube setting  and a  setting bur for the size stone you choose


Optional and fun things

I use the 3M radial bristle disc  in Blue (400 grit), peach (60 micron), and light green ( 1 micron).If I had to only buy one I would choose blue (400) as all around most useful. They come in small for flex shaft too. Buy lots of screw mandrels for them.

Moores  Sanding disc  and mandrel discs come different grits. Choose med & coarse over fine.

inside ring sanding buffs Comes in 2 ranges of grit. I chose Coarse. These are very handy for rings.

black silicone wheels. Are great for all around abrasive clean up with your flex shaft. Get the mandrel too as it doesn’t come with it. Knife edge shape is very useful too.

stepped steel ring mandrels come in full sizes and half sizes and are not tapered.

Square ring mandrel with sizing marks!!!!!

Bezel mandrels set from Otto Frei, seems like a great deal.

Tube setting punch Otto Frei has “replacement” punches individually up to 6.5mm. They run small. I suggest buying one that would be 2mm larger than your stone. May not work with cabochons unless they are very low dome but great for facetted stones. I believe Halstead has them single also. A set is always best. But the price range goes with the quality range.

bezel setting set: a low end, but usable set.

Jett Set  thermoplastic or Jett Ballistic. Great holding compound for lots of things (that pearl?)


Additional Class Comments

Students able to follow and work at own pace, but ask questions/request help from instructor each morning of four-day class.

Videos will be available for two months after class ends.


April’s Contact Info

Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerjewelry@gmail.com

Instructor Website: www.aprilbower.com