The Mother’s Day Weekend Ring Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

So four women walked into the Art Metals workshop… Just kidding, this isn’t a joke, but it is true! This past Mother’s Day weekend the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Jody Craven, together, created a ring making workshop that was done at Nauset Regional High School in the Art Metals workshop. In two days, six hours each, those four women made their own ring or two rings that they could walk away with. The jewelry background of these women ranged from working in their own studio at home to only having worn rings before. Between Jody Craven and his four helpers, John Erickson, Walter Rowell, Nick Hoffman-Klaucke, and Aria Conte, they helped and taught these women how to fabricate their own rings. Since the workshop was two days it took many steps. In the two days the women had the opportunity to make one ring with just a texture and one ring with a texture and a small diamond setting. First, the women had to weigh out their silver and then Jody Craven melted the silver in the crucible and poured the hot metal into the ingot mold. Once the silver cooled down it then had to be forged and annealed repeatedly until it was  run through the rolling mill to create the long, flat piece of silver ring stock. That was the end of day one. Starting bright and early, the women sized their rings and chose a texture to put on their rings. They could either make a hammer texture or use the rolling mill. When the texture was done they formed their rings into a “U” shape so they could be soldered. With the one-on-one help from the students and Mr. Craven, the women had soldered their first ring together. On the second ring, with the help of the students, the women set a small diamond. After final finishing (sanding, using the pumice wheel, possibly using a patina, and burnishing) the four women successfully made six beautiful rings that will last for generations.

 

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One response to “The Mother’s Day Weekend Ring Workshop

  1. THIS WAS SO REWARDING!!!! THE BEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN. SO PROUD OF MY RING. (THE ONE DOWN FRONT AND CENTER WITH THE LEAF DESIGN ON THE DBL. ROCKS) WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH JODY AGAIN!! J. PAVICK EAST DENNIS,MA.
    P.S. HOPE YOU GET TO SEE JODY CRAVEN’S WORK OUT AND ABOUT IN GALLERIES/STORES- IT’S SPECIAL!

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