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.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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!
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Loved this afternoon with David.
My son and I benefited (if you can say that) from the Covid restrictions and had David to ourselves meaning he was always on hand as we completed each step and ready to answer any questions. He is an excellent teacher; very patient, methodical and engaging. Instructions to find the studio were thorough and following his guidance and satnav we didn't go wrong.
My son had a fair idea of what he wanted to create and following a bit of guidance on his design, came away with a very unique piece of jewellery. I took the opportunity to browse a selection of designs that David indicated could be easily replicated in this course and I gave my chosen one a tweak to make it my own - you don't have to know which design you want to make when you walk in the door.
We chose David's course over others because we did not want to be producing run of the mill items. His workshop is packed full of ideas and temptation to return and enjoy other courses. If his studio was closer to home, I would be re-booked already!
Thank you David for a lovely afternoon.
Response from David J Lilly:Hi Jo,
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:Shirley,
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,
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,
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.
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.