Absolute Beginners Ring Wax Carving Workshop



This workshop will teach you all of the basic skills you need to be able to carve a piece of ring wax, which will then be cast in silver.

In three hours, we will size the ring so it fits you and play with a number of tools and techniques to make something you really love. We’ll go through all of the equipment you’ll need to create your one-of-a-kind piece, touch on health and safety, and I’ll be there to answer any and all of your questions. Before you leave, we'll discuss how you'd like your ring to be finished: whether you'd like it polished or matte.

A few weeks wait is necessary to allow plenty of time for your ring to be posted off to be cast (turned into silver) and make it back again. I don’t currently have the facilities onsite to do this myself, so a trustworthy third party is taking on this role instead.

When it returns, I will finish it up according to our discussion and we can arrange postage/delivery/collection of your new piece.

If the given dates don’t work for you, please contact me and we’ll see if we can work something out.

If you'd like to do an additional session and learn how to finish up the ring yourself, let me know and we can organise that too.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Enough wax, tools and silver to create a ring. You just have to bring your lovely self and wear some clothes you don't mind getting mucky!


Emily Smith at The Metalsmith

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The Colour Factory
Gordon Road
SO23 7DD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


1 evening (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

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Aisling Syme - - #39246

So knowledgeable and super friendly; you'll have a brilliant evening. I'm signing up to another course asap!

Response from The Metalsmith:

I'm so pleased that you had such a wonderful time! Your ring is going to look spectacular once in metal, and you'd be welcome back any time!

Hannah - - #38423

I'd always wanted to create my own ring and this was the perfect way to start. I was given total creative freedom but so much guidance and knowledge from Emily. Such a fab teacher! I'm so excited to see the final result! Thank you so much for the experience, I really want to do more!

Response from The Metalsmith:

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Hannah! I’m so pleased you had such a lovely time; it was lovely to meet you! Looking forward to seeing how your ring turns out too!

Kirsty - - #37652

I had a really lovely afternoon doing the ring wax carving workshop. I am a complete beginner, and Emily expertly guided me through the process, helping as needed to bring my vision to life. I also love the fact that my ring will be totally unique to me, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it once it's back from the kiln. Emily is a great teacher, and I'd definitely recommend this workshop!

Sam - - #37641

I now own a few pieces made by Emily but to go behind the curtain of the design and crafting process was a truly great experience. Emily is a fantastic teacher and explained everything really well. Would 100% recommend.

Rowan - - #37632

A wonderful and engaging course! Emily is super professional and is great at helping you create your design.

Tara Barrington - - #37034

I attended the workshop with my boyfriend and had such a lovely time! Emily made it a truly special experience, talking us through the workshop step by step. I would thoroughly recommend for an amazing day out! Thank you Emily!

Response from The Metalsmith:

Thank you so much, Tara! I'm so pleased that you had such a lovely time!! Can't wait to see the finished rings! You're most welcome!

Bethany - - #36255

Emily was really welcoming and an amazing teacher! She guided me through everything step by step and gave me words of encouragement when I was struggling. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back and make some more!

Response from The Metalsmith:

Thank you so much for the kind words; I'm so pleased you had such a good time! Looking forward to working on some new pieces with you!

Ozzi Sanderson - - #35741

Why buy a ring when you can make one with your own hands? A hand-carved ring that brings more sentiment and excitement. This course with Emily was an absolute joy! I originally planned this course for just my girlfriend, but quickly decided I wanted to make one for myself too. Oh, and boy am I happy! We were also very impressed with how the ring turned out. Emily showed us the tips of the trade, and we had a lot of fun creating our individual designs. We were both so excited to get them back after being sent off to the kiln. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking for a fantastic present, gift or just the opportunity to make some fabulous jewellery!

Response from The Metalsmith:

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the experience; thank you so much for the lovely compliments!

grace hargreaves - - #33658

I had done one course of wax carving prior to doing this course.
I really enjoyed it and would certainly consider booking another session.
It would be suitable for total beginners or someone with a little bit of experience like me.
Would definitely do some research before you go as it’s better to go with a fairly clear idea of what you might like to make.
Emily is really nice, makes you feel very welcome, seems very knowledgeable and is super approachable.
Would certainly recommend and would very likely go again myself.
Very fair value for money too, similar costing in comparison to other courses I’ve done.

Response from The Metalsmith:

Very happy to hear that you had a good time. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for all your kind words! Let me know if there's any more I can do!

Carol Wade - - #31738

Emily made the whole process so easy and explained everything in depth throughout. I learned so much and had a very enjoyable day. Thank you Emily xx

Response from The Metalsmith:

Thank you, Carol; I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! You're most welcome!

Rosie Parmley - - #31725

Emily broke down the course into small chunks and demonstrated every step with lots of one to one support . Brilliant course with a lovely end product- fabulous silver ring. Thanks Emily

Response from The Metalsmith:

Thank you for your kind words! I'm very glad you enjoyed yourself; it was a beautiful ring indeed! Well done!

Yotty - - #31724

I went in with a desire to make a ring as a Christmas present for my mother and was overwhelmed, in the best way possible, by how much I learned and how much I enjoyed myself. Emily Smith is a fantastic teacher and helped me shape my ring into an even better design than I had imagined. I had no prior experience in regards to jewellery before but that proved to be no problem at all as it was easy to learn and found myself enjoying every aspect of the ring making process, and was given total freedom to create with expert and educational supervision. I will be recommending this experience to anyone with an interest in jewellery, or who wish for an enjoyable and educational experience with beautiful results!

Response from The Metalsmith:

Such a lovely review, thank you very much! It was my pleasure; I hope your mum loves her gift!

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