Nicole Ringgold | Sticks and Stones | Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 9:00 am until 5:30 pm


During this one day workshop students will learn how to hand fabricate branches out of sterling silver wire and scraps, as well as how to flatten and bezel set natural stones.

Demonstrations will include a multitude of techniques, such as fusing and soldering multiple joints in one piece, reticulation, carving and texturing, flattening and bezel setting natural beach stones, drilling rocks, and incorporating them into their work. Ideally students will create at least one branch and bezel set piece in this workshop.

Photos depict examples of Nicole’s creations and will be inspiration for your own unique creations in class.

“My art is inspired by a plant I encounter while hiking through the mountains, the shape of a rock I pluck from the river, my natural surroundings, a sound, glimpse, or smell.”

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Instructor: Nicole Ringgold

Class: Sticks and Stones

Date of Class: 02/07/2020

Time: 9:00 am until 5:30 pm

Level: Intermediate. Previous soldering experience is recommended.

Class Fee: $195

Kit Fee: $95* (payable at class time)

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

Kit Fee includes these metals and use of the following:

3″x3”sheet 22-gauge sterling silver, dead soft

3’ 20 gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard

3’ 18 gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard

3’ 16 gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard

Bezel wire



soldering stations – torches, fuel, solder, flux, platforms, picks, quench bowls, towels, splitters, hoses and torch tips

table protection


patina – LOS

Baking Soda for neutralizer

Dawn, paper towels, dishpans for water

Flex shafts

all needed accessories – burs, bits, grinders, sanders, etc.

Drill press

bits used to create cabochons.

Double third hands

Liquid cement


silicone discs

fine fiber wheel

Liquid cement



Wax for saw blades

Student Supply List

work light

Safety glasses/Magnifiers (Optivisor)

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

Bench Block

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

Pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose, half-round/flat forming pliers


Small jars/plastic bags for scraps


Sharpies and pencils

Note Pad

Tracing paper


Ruler/tape measure

sanding sticks

Calipers – digital calipers can be found online or at Harbor Freight for around $20 Not needed

Rawhide mallet

Double third hand like this

bezel rocker, burnisher, bezel pusher

newish flat charcoal block (to set your work up on to carry to soldering station)

flush cutters

center punch

Optional Supply List

Extra sheet metal of choice – silver, copper, gold

Extra wire

Metal shears

Additional Class Comments:

Because this is not a dedicated jewelry/metals studio, we ask you to

bring a lot of tools. Some people will be willing to share, but don’t rely on that if there are certain tools you usually work with.

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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!