April Bower | Yin/Yang: Reticulated/Fused/Granulated Ring with 18K Gold | Monday, February 3, 2020 | 9 am until 4:30 pm


This ring has it all,  Yin & Yang, opposite yet complimentary: Texture/ smooth, Angles / curves, High / low, light/ dark,  gold/silver, soft /hard.

Using sterling for its best attributes, and Argentium for its best.  Learn reticulation and depletion gilding, fusing and granulation.  We will add 18k  gold for luscious color, then Patinate to bring out all those contrasting elements.

Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.

The yin yang shows a balance between two opposites with a portion of the opposite element in each section.

opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world.

Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to facilitate

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: 02/03/2020

Time: 9 am until 4:30 pm

Class Fee: $165

Level: intermediate: should have basic sawing and soldering skills

Type: A Project and Technique Workshop

Kit Fee: $85* (payable to instructor at class time)

* may need adjustment due to precious metal price change

Kit Fee Includes

Sterling and Argentium to make 2 rings, one with 18K gold granulation and one with silver granulation

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

torches & fuel

solder, flux

ring mandrels & mallets

flex shafts belt sander

Polishing lathe & finishing equipment,


Student Supply List

Required tools: ( I will have some to share if you can’t bring)

6″hand file Half round or inside ring recommended

side cutter pliers (to cut wire for granules)

pointy tweezers ( to arrange granules)

saw and #3/0  blades

sanding sticks

clamp on bench pin.

safety glasses

optivisor or reading glasses. ( if you can’t see well you will not be successful making jewelry)

Work light and extension cord

Optional Supply List

if you have them and can bring so you don’t have to share:

newish flat charcoal block

Ring mandrel

bending pliers

Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com

Instructor Website: AprilBower.com




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 mailto:info@sjjewelrysupply.com
  • 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!