We want 'Making your own wedding rings' at the Brightsmiths Workshops to be a rewarding, memorable and fun experience. Romantic too, as you will quite literally be forging a bond together to last a lifetime.
With this in mind your special ringmaking day may vary a little from the course description to suit your individual preferences (e.g if only one partner wishes to make a ring that is great too) so please treat the following as a rough guide.
The day usually begins at 9am however starting one hour earlier or later may be possible if required.
On arrival at 'Brightsmiths' you will be greeted by your tutor and offered a welcoming 'cuppa'. This is the time to relax, get acquainted and discuss your wedding ring requirements.
There follows a mini tour of our dedicated metalwork shop & a brief health and safety talk.
Then on with your wedding ring making!
We start with a loosening up exercise using hammers and punches to get used to working with metal, this can also lead to ideas for ring decoration...such as applying your initials or the date of your wedding inside your rings. Or a texture to the outside perhaps.
Learn how to measure your ring size correctly, use a scribe to mark out & cut your metal using a jewellers piercing saw.
The next steps are to anneal your metal on the forge then form your ring to to size with a rawhide mallet and mandrel.
Lunch is usually around 1pm depending on progress and hunger levels. There is no catering at the workshop or shops nearby so please bring a packed lunch. This can be eaten outside in good weather.
Following lunch it is your chance, after some introductory exercises, to experience soldering at the Brightsmiths Forge, always an exciting prospect.
Once your wedding ring has been soldered and 'pickled' you will learn how to clean up your complete wedding ring with various files and to smooth the metal to a good finish by hand using various abrasives.
You tutor will apply an expert polish for you using the buffing wheel.
You will be given a box in which to keep your beautiful creations until your wedding day.
Where is The Brightsmiths Workshops?
Brightsmiths is about a 15 minute car journey from Southwold or Beccles, a detailed set of instructions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.
How much does it cost?
£190 per person (£380 per couple). Sterling Silver for rings is included in the price however if you wish to use a different metal, i.e 9ct Gold, the price of the metal will need to be paid in advance. The balance to be paid on the day at the latest, cash or bank transfer preferred please
Hallmarking is not included however this can be done for an additional cost of £45 per wedding ring to be paid in advance.
The Brightsmiths Workshops are registered at the London Assay office hence we will need prior notice and payment for metal + hallmarking fee 21 days before your visit in order to ensure that your wedding ring metal is safely back at the workshops awaiting your arrival ! Hallmarking may be carried out after your making day if preferred but will still take up to 21 days to complete.
Who is the tutor?
Hi, my name is Rosemary Price, HND Goldsmith
(Rosie to my students and my name was Stephenson when I qualified )
I look forward to teaching you.
As the owner of Brightsmiths and am also a qualified Goldsmith/ smallworker, I still earn my bread this way when I am not teaching.
I have been creating with precious metals on and off for 40 years starting as a part time unnofficial apprentice to local Goldsmith Derek Wakeling.
Much later I achieved my HND at the University of the Creative Arts in Rochester (when it was still known as the Kent Institute of Art and Design ) taking a year out for work experience in 3 different workshops including that of the famous wax caster and 70s innovator John Donald.
Upon leaving college I was very lucky to be given a place on both the the Goldsmiths Business course in London (a very specialised 2 week course which at that time only took 18 students per year) and also to be offered a years' residency at the incomparable 'Bishopsland 'Educatioal Trust (who only took 7 people that year). I am eternally grateful to all those mentioned and others for selflessly teaching me my Craft.
These days I enjoy teaching the craft myself and have done quite a lot of that now, meeting some wonderful people along the way and still learning myself, but teaching wedding ring making is always extra special.
My students enjoy the experience too. I often forget to ask for reviews however you can see their big smiles for yourself in the photos above.
Any questions that you may have, do contact me using the form above.
See you soon
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Sterling Silver for rings is included in the price however if you wish to use a different metal, ie 9ct Gold, the price of the metal will need to be paid for in advance as an addition to the teaching fee.
(I do give you estimates for metal prices on request }
The use of all tools provided for course.
Eight hours of expert tuition.
This course is to make a simple band ring from new metal which may be made from Flat sheet, D shaped wire or Round wire on which may be applied some stamped or filed decoration. You may also choose 2 wires twisted together to make your Wedding ring.
If you have some other design in mind, such as setting stones in your ring, recycling old gold etc please be aware that this will probably take more than just one day but do get in touch to discuss ..here at Brightsmiths we like making personal pieces and we love a challenge!
You and your partner will be the only people on the course unless you request otherwise. This ensures lots of individual attention and photo opportunities.
The Brightsmiths Workshops limit the amount of couples who make their rings here each year to keep the experience fresh (not on some wedding conveyer belt, we care about our couples and never want their experience to be anything less than a very special day.
Tea & coffee are free all day please let us know if you prefer other drinks (no alcohol in workshop please).
Please wear warm old clothes and comfy shoes, if you have long hair be sure to bring something to tie it up with when needed.
Thank you once again for your interest I look forward to meeting you soon. Contact me using the form above.
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I had wanted to learn how to make jewelry for some time, but was unsure of my ability to execute a piece that I would be pleased with. From the outset contacting Rosie she was very patient, listening to my creative ideas and advising sensibly what she thought was achievable as a first project, as well as what was not. Eventually we agreed on me making a Triple Hare brooch/pendant in silver, which i drew out a design for. Rosie's expertise instilled confidence in me to give it a go and i learned several differing techniques in the process, such as sawing, filing, beveling, punching, soldering and polishing. For a first piece, it may have been a little over ambitious, but Rosie was generous with her time and knowledge. I found the whole process fascinating and am delighted with my finished piece, which i will treasure. I hope to do many more days under Rosie's guidance, exploring more creative ideas, techniques and finishes.
If you are considering a course with Rosie, I highly recommend her, with friends or alone, there is so much to learn and its always a joy to get your creative flow going with something amazing to take home at the end of it all. The workshop is in a beautiful area of the Suffolk countryside too, lots of ancient trees around it and good energy lines flowing through it. Cannot recommend it all highly enough. Thank you Rosie!