April Bower | Rad Reticulated Wrap Rings |Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 9 am until 4 pm
Hate wrinkles? Don’t we all! But wrinkles in silver are a beautiful thing!
“Reticulation” is the process of wrinkling silver using heat. You will use your textured piece to create a unique wrap around ring, and set a faceted stone in a tube bezel. Learn the art of depletion gilding and reticulation as well as the skill of setting a gemstone in a tube bezel. Wear your Rad Wrap ring home or to Happy Hour and wow your friends! You will be working in silver. This is an intermediate level project and some soldering experience is necessary. Team teaching with qualified assistant Renee Garver.
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Instructor: April Bower
Date of Class: 06/09/2016
Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Class Fee: $145
Kit Fee: $50 – depending on spot silver market near class time (payable to instructor at class time)
Kit Fee Includes:
1″x3″ 18G silver to texture
1/4″ 6mm OD heavy wall sterling tubing for stone
5mm facetted Cubic Zirconia stone
Hand out and paper patterns
Use of instructors tools and equipment to make ring
Instructor will have the following for use in class:
Torches & fuel for annealing and reticulating
Green scratch cloth
Stone setting punches
Student Supply List
Clamp on bench pin
Metal shears (French style preferred)
Inside ring file or half round hand file or your favorite rotary tools to clean up the inside of ring
Files and sanding sticks for finishing edges
Favorite finishing tools/wheels
Optivisor or magnification: If you can’t see closely, you will not be successful setting stones.
Optional Supply List:
Jewelers saw and 3/0 blades (there won’t be a lot of sawing)
Ring mandrel and holder if you have one
Wide ring finger gauge (only if you have one, do not buy one)
Clamp down vise
Small bench block
Rubber or leather non-mar mallet
Your own Dremel or rotary tool for drilling/cleanup
Larger ball burrs or bud burrs and setting burs that you already have, 3 to 6 mm. Good size is #119.486 6.30mm
Soldering pick and tweezers and/or your own portable soldering torch setup that you are comfortable with.
Scrap silver (sheet and/or wire) for embellishments
Ott light and power cord (If you can’t see closely, you will not be successful setting stones)
Regular hand tools (pliers dividers, ruler, ring clamp) will allow you to make best use of your time and be more creative.
Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com
Instructor Website: AprilBower.com
CONVENIENTLY PURCHASE YOUR SUPPLIES
Phone or email Ann with your list of supplies, and she will take care of the rest!
Everything will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the Beach.
And, she will be set up at the hotel during our retreat for your shopping convenience.