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The Redemption Ring Workshop with Francesca Watson

  • Robert Lopez Designs Studio 12135 California Street Yucaipa, CA, 92399 United States (map)

Come join us for this awesome workshop with my good friend and instructor Francesca Watson. Class will be held at my spacious and eclectic studio; located in the city of Yucaipa California at the base of the San Bernardino Mountain Range.

Rustic and weathered, this dimensional ring is a metaphor for the lives of many women we know: exteriors marked and textured by life, exteriors we gild and make beautiful to the best of our ability, while we hide our true treasure inside.

 Over the course of two days, we’ll use a variety of techniques to create and modify texture on sterling silver, then embellish it with 24k gold in an ancient Korean process called keum boo. Then we’ll build an elevated prong setting and choose representative treasures to tuck away inside before mounting it on a hand-fabricated wide textured band.

 This deeply personal project provides an opportunity to exercise many useful metalsmithing skills in new ways to create a truly unusual piece of wearable art. The Redemption Ring is an intermediate project; students should have prior soldering experience and be comfortable using a jeweler’s saw. Absolutely everything necessary to complete the project is provided in this workshop – all tools, materials, and equipment! Just bring eye magnification and be ready to have fun!