Sterling silver ring making workshop



You’ll end up making an amazing Sterling Silver ring to fit whichever finger you wish. Or, if you prefer bring the size of a finger of a loved one and you can make a ring to that size. You can work the size out by bringing a ring they wear or just a piece of thin card that you’ve wrapped around the largest knuckle of the finger you wish to make the ring for.

During your time in the studio you'll have a chance to try different styles, from plain bands to wrapped plaited wire or layered silver sheet. You might like to try texturing the silver using a variety of hammers etc. Once its made you can then give it a really good polish to make it shine or finish it with a patina as shown in the photo.

Whatever you end up making it'll be totally unique and glorious.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshops starts at 10.00am (usually weekends) or 2pm (usually weekdays) with tea or coffee and goodies and a brief chat and look through some design ideas.

This is followed by a demonstration of how to manipulate and texture sterling silver and do some texturing with hammers and a rolling mill. You are then shown how to use various tools and finally solder your ring together and finish it in a variety of ways. Students are then given a range of tools, and a piece of sterling silver to work with.

The methods of working the silver includes forging using hammers and other tools and possibly manipulating the silver with your hands. You’ll be heating the metal with a blow-torch between the cold-working. The hot metal is quenched in Pickle (a diluted sulphuric acid) and then water after each heating and then manipulated further towards the desired shape. Students are encouraged to begin by designing their ring before starting to work on their piece of silver, so bring a sketch book with you.

The morning workshops concludes at 1.30pm and the afternoon ones at 5.30pm, but both extends through to when each student finishes their project – and they get to go home wearing their ring!


David Lilly at David J Lilly

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Drum Barn, Applesham Farm
Coobes Road
Coombes, Lancing
West Sussex
BN15 0RP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


210 minutes (flexible times to suit)

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Jane Leclercq - - #38265

A delightful experience with an interesting and informative tutor. I really enjoyed the whole afternoon, and was surprised that I could create a lovely ring with no experience. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this course. Thank you David !

Response from David J Lilly:

Thanks Jane

I really enjoyed meeting and spending time with you while you created your amazing piece of jewellery.

Best wishes


Alison - - #37070

I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, David is an excellent teacher and it was great to spend time with him whilst making the jewelry. His skill and passion is inspiring, I will definitely be returning for more workshops with him.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Alison

Thanks for thr lovely review. It was a great afternoon with you and I look forward to seeing you again

Best wishes


Bev Hartley - - #36875

Very good course and environment. Good teacher and small class. Others had more craft making knowledge than me but this didn't interfere with the session. David was very patient and helpful and I love my ring. Sorry that I live so far away that I can't attend any future sessions.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Bev,

Thanks so much for the lovely review, I am delighted that you are still loving your ring.

Best Wishes


Jo Hams - - #30545

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Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Jo,

Thank you for such a wonderful review. I hope to see you and Adam again sometime in the future making more fabulous items.

Best Wishes


Shirley Williams - - #29656

Really enjoyed my afternoon making a beautiful silver ring for my daughter. David was very welcoming, friendly, patient and clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about his craft/s!

Response from David J Lilly:


Thank you for the lovely review. I hope that your daughter loves the superb ring you made for her.

Best Wishes


Anna Quick - - #28788

This course was booked as a birthday present for me and my best friend by my husband and we had the most amazing time.

The workshop is on top of a hill with gorgeous countryside and in the summer this will be the most glorious setting. Sadly on the day we were there it was pouring down and blowing a gale but the barn was still warm and inviting. We were welcomed, given tea and biscuits and allowed to progress with the course at our own pace. Tuition was clear and helpful without being over bearing or too simple. David was friendly, knowledgeable and a wonderful tutor. It as also great to see other examples of the different types of work he does and has done in the past. All in all I cannot recommend highly enough. I am delighted with the ring I produced and wear it most days! Looking forward to being able to book up for the copper fold forming workshop in the future.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Anna,

Thank you for the lovely feedback. I am delighted you enjoyed the experience so much and look forward to you booking on the Copper fold-forming workshop in the future. Do remember to contact me directly to get your discount for that.

Best Wishes


Sarah - - #27393

An excellent morning and wonderful to leave with a piece of jewellery I can wear. I have attended David's stained glass course in the past, and as before David was an excellent teacher. He takes you through each stage of the process and is incredibly patient. All the tools and equipment you could possibly need were to hand. A lovely small group and each person made their own individual design. Looking forward to the next course!

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Sarah,

Thanks again for a great review and again well done for making such a fabulous ring.

Krish Surroy - - #27324

What a brilliant course. I didn't believe for a second that I would be able to go from absolutely no experience to making a silver ring in 3 hours, but I did and loved what I produced! David is an excellent teacher - very patient and attentive, funny and engaging. More to the point, he really helps you to believe that you are capable of producing something beautiful no matter what your level of competence is and he clearly has the technical know-how to back this up. Also, the group of participants on my course really made the experience - everyone was really friendly and we really bonded under David's expert tuition and super, approachable manner.

An excellent course and I would happily do this course again, or even better, do a day long course. It really was that good.

Response from David J Lilly:

Thanks Krish for that lovely review. You made an amazing (and advanced for a complete beginner) ring and it was great to see you surprise yourself. I look forward to seeing you on one of the full day courses that will be running later in 2020.

Nicola - - #27315

Such an enjoyable morning and so surprising what you can create and make in a morning. David is an excellent teacher and makes the whole process enjoyable, light and fun. I’d never made any jewellery before and it was fascinating to see what goes into it, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement at the end. The workshop space is so well equipped and laid out and the course just flows beautifully. It’s a gorgeous peaceful location in the Sussex Downs, the views are stunning. Highly recommend.

Response from David J Lilly:

Thank you so very much Nicola. I am delighted that you enjoyed the experience so much.

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