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To get the best out of any of my courses, I would always recommend starting at the beginning and doing the Rings and Things - soldering workshop. Covering the basics prepares you for this and other classes, leaving you to concentrate more fully, on the stone setting and other embellishments you may want to tackle.
In this popular Rings and Things series, we shall be making two, beautiful sterling silver, stacking rings set with the sweetest gemstones! You can be creative and choose a different topping for one or both, it is up to you.
The aim to make two simple stacking rings with embellishments.
Ready made bezel cups and round, domed gemstones will vary from 3mm to 5mm depending on availability and cost.
* Whilst I do my best to ensure a variety of choices, some combinations may not be available.
* Gemstones - usually real, but some synthetic (lab created) stones may also be available to choose - they will be clearly labelled and are very popular.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
No further purchase is necessary.
The cost of this workshop includes all materials.
You do not have to purchase anything else in order to go home with 2 new rings with little pops of colour and sparkle that you handcrafted yourself.
This workshop includes a 30-minute lunch break. The workshop is situated in a busy shopping area with plenty of food outlets within easy reach as well as supermarkets and a fabulous array of charity shops!
My workshop is situated in Sherwood - close to a number of shops and food outlets on the Mansfield Road, just ten minutes north of Nottingham city centre.
There are car parks nearby, offering free parking all day and excellent bus service.
1 day (10:00am to 3:00pm)
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Thank you to Viv for a wonderful day. Me and a friend did the rings and things - stone setting for beginners course. We had such a fun day and I came away with 4 rings! We squeezed a lot into one day and learnt a lot, Viv was very patient with us. Thanks again, I would really recommend to anyone looking to learn some new skills 👍🏻
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you Lily, your review is very much appreciated.
I had a fab day making a bronze bangle! It was great fun learning how to shape the metal, and I'm really pleased with what I made. Would love to come back and make another!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Hi Ellen - that's really good to hear, I am so pleased you enjoyed the day, despite all the hard work!
Had a fantastic busy day. I made 2 rings with different settings and I love them both. I've learned a lot being a complete beginner and Viv was an excellent patient tutor.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you for this lovely review, Julie - it was a fabulous day, you took all the challenges in your stride and what results! Well done and thank you for coming!!
I booked this course for my friend for her birthday. We both loved it!
Vivien is an amazing teacher. She made everything really clear, to make sure everyone got the most out of the day. Great value for money and looking forward to booking another course in the near future!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Hi Tammy, I am clearly blessed by really lovely customers who are keen to work hard, battle through difficulties and achieve - your rings were dynamic and so were you and Jude - I love that you have pushed me back onto Instagram with kindness and laughter x
What a lovely evening, Viv is amazing! Very kind and patient! I learned so much and I can’t wait till the next lesson . Thoroughly recommend! X
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you so much for this lovely review Emma - your recommendation means a lot to me - I really enjoyed the evening, you were amazing!
I completed an 8 week course with Viv and enjoyed every minute of it.
She is very knowledgeable and easy going.
I learned a lot in the 8 sessions that I attended.
My main aim was to learn how to silver solder well but learned a lot more than that.
I ended up making a lovely small picturama from copper and brass that really surprised me. The finished product showed an art skill that I never knew I had. I obtained a good cutting skill with the jewellers saw as well.
I also made some lovely items for my wife that she now treasures.
A great course in a lovely atmosphere. I will attend more sessions to expand on the knowledge I have gained so that I can do more with this new skill.
I would definitely recommend this course.
Thank you Viv.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Mike, thank you so much for this - I am useless without a good student! Your commitment and effort, your desire to learn - you took everything on board! You challenged me with your own skills, were happy to request help, share knowledge and experience - you brought so much to the table! I am so pleased you are discovering these new facets to your creativity and look forward to sharing more of that journey with you.
I never thought I'd end up with six rings in one day! You get your own set of tools to use on the day in a bright and airy room, Viv was very knowledgeable and helpful, I'd definitely look out for more workshops with Viv.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Gina! Thank you for this lovely review, it is really thoughtful of you and very much appreciated. I loved your tin sculptures, they were fabulous. I hope you decide to join me on another workshop soon x
I came with my friend and her sister, We had a fabulous day, Viv had so much patients with us . We each made 3 bronze rings and 2 silver rings, we were all very pleased with our results, it was so good to learn a new skill, thanks again Viv, ☺️☺️☺️
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Hi Charon, this was a fun day - you three ladies were fantastic company, I loved hearing about your d-i-y adventures and the poppy displays you created, oh, and I think you made a few rings too 😊
Really great day - Viv was so informative and we learnt so much.
I produced 5 rings and I am really happy with how they turned out, I was a complete novice so definitely recommend to anyone wanting to give it a try
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Hi Eloise - thank you so much for this lovely review, you and your mum were both amazing - it's a huge learning curve - you took it all in your stride and never lost your smile even when you had a few hiccups! Thank you for coming to the workshop and bringing your mum, it was lovely to meet you both :)
Such a fantastic day!
Viv was brilliant, talking us through the tools and materials, then guiding us through each step to create each ring.
Her guidance, warmth and knowledge were amazing! Any questions we had, Viv would happily answer and also advise, nothing was too much!
Lovely refreshments and a welcoming atmosphere.
I would highly recommend this workshop, and will happily attend again to refresh my new skills.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:This was a great day - it really is about what we all bring to the table - thank you so much Kate, for this very lovely feedback, I appreciate that you made time to do so. And yes, I would highly recommend doing the same again - the journey becomes an adventure!
A fabulous day in which I learnt so much and amazed myself by the super copper and silver rings I made. It was all done in a super safe environment with all the health and safety rules followed. Viv was an extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic, creative and inspiring teacher and I’ve come away wanting to do and learn more silversmithing which is just what you want from a good craft course.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Wow! That was amazing!
This was such an enjoyable and informative course! The atmosphere was professional and safe, with plenty of room to watch demonstrations, learn and practice the techniques. The day was long enough to grow in confidence in order to express some personal creativity through the various methods of taking raw materials and turning them into wearable and polished rings. I managed to make some out of copper to practice using my finger measurements, then about four in silver I’d happily give as gifts. Just make sure to sneakily get everyone else’s finger sizes!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you for this very thoughtful response, I am aware the first half of the workshop is a huge learning curve and worry there won't be enough time to just enjoy; but to see complete beginners achieve so much, is extremely gratifying, I am not surprised you are proud of yourself.
Really enjoyabke day.Viv was a great teacher and allowed us to gain confidence and provided help whenever needed. Viv made great efforts to ensure all the covid guidence was in place. It was great fun, give it a try , you will love it .
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you for this lovely review, it means a lot to me - I am so pleased you enjoyed the day - you worked hard and made delightful rings you can wear with pride for many years to come x
After waiting for nearly a year to be able to do this course bought as a gift for Christmas it was certainly worth the wait and a lovely activity to do on a Saturday. Lovely to learn some new skills and meet other like minded people on the course. My sister and I had a great day and have a great set of rings to show for it. Viv was a great teacher and communicated very well with us. I would definitely recommend..Thanks again!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Libby, thank you for coming, it was lovely to finally meet the two of you - I loved how you all worked so well together and helped each other through difficulties.
I had a brilliant day and made some beautiful rings. Viv was so helpful and I’m looking forward to going back and doing another course!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:I love that you were adventurous and designed your own ring!
A brilliant experience making copper and silver rings. Viv explained each stage clearly and coached us through the processes. I came out with some beautiful rings as well as a new found knowledge of the processes involved in metalwork. I really recommend this workshop!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Sev it was an absolute pleasure. A lovely group, thank you for this review, it is much appreciated 😍
We were given very good concise instructions for making copper and silver rings, and were able to do each process ourselves with gentle coaching. An experienced and skilled tutor, Vivien made an excellent job of giving us new skills.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you Sarah, for this lovely review, the very sweet peas (still blooming!) and for coming to the workshop! Even with all the safety regulations to follow we were still able to enjoy a very creative day - amazing work and beautiful rings - x
Great workshop! We learned a lot and Viv was very patient! Came out with 5 lovely rings that I haven't taken off since.
The only things I might suggest is a proper break for lunch. We were happy we went out for 30 minutes but felt as though we had missed out on some parts as no one else stopped for lunch. One of the other attendees mentioned by the end that she was very hungry and needed some proper food.
I also think that a slightly smaller class size would work better as it was quite difficult for Viv to get around everybody, and of course, some people needed more attention than others.
Overall though, a fun and informative class - Viv explained the science very well! Would definitely attend another one of her classes given the chance. Thanks for everything!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Thank you for this lovely and thoughtful review, my system works well most of the time but not all of the time, I am sorry you worried you missed something, I always do a quick head count so I don't have to repeat instructions but like you say, there were lots of things happening - a very creative and diverse group! I was very happy to give you extra help, but the group objective was met - it's when everyone goes solo on their own designs that the fun starts - a great challenge!
I have attended one of Viv's workshops before and went again with another friend who fancied it, because I loved it so much (and I wear the silver rings I made virtually every day!!)
I made 2 rings for my little finger this time and suspect I will wear one or the other every day in future because again I was so delighted!! Viv encourages everyone to be creative and is so incredibly patient and informative. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has not had a go before.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:Hi Sue, thank you for this lovely review!
I booked this workshop for me and my friends for my birthday. None of us had made jewellery before. It was so much fun and we all got to be really creative with our time. Viv was wonderful, really helpful and patient during the day and helped all of us make what we wanted. She responded quickly to all of my enquires and gave lots of information before we attended.
We spent the entire time working and forgot about lunch. I enjoyed this workshop and would definitely recommend it.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:I am so pleased you enjoyed your day - there was some wonderful energy and the creativity was amazing, your Russian Style rings are fabulous! I really enjoyed sharing your birthday thank you - it was an absolute pleasure to work with such lovely people.
I booked this workshop for a friend and I. We had such a great day and learnt so much. Great facilities and excellent teacher. She was very knowledgeable, clear and patient. We hadn't done anything like this before, and now we're hooked. Would highly recommend.
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:That's very kind of you to say so, Natalie - thank you - I am so pleased you both enjoyed the day! I found the group a real pleasure to work with xxx
First time I’ve done a jewellery workshop. Great combination of learning all the important skills but still being able to create our own rings, bringing our own ideas. Great day, would definitely recommend this workshop. I’ll probably do the course again as well!
Response from Simply Amazing Jewellery School:That's wonderful news, thank you Sarah - I am so pleased you enjoyed your workshop, I was amazed by the work the group produced, you were brilliant!