June 2010: Silver Jewellery Making Workshop

June 06, 2012

On 5th June I taught a silver jewellery making workshop. Four students, two new and two returning, all worked on individual projects. We had a really enjoyable day in the studio, and everyone made a lovely piece of jewellery to take home. We worked on several techniques including basic soldering, piercing, forming, planishing, shaping and finishing as well as setting, and using a drill for decoration. Here are some images from the day and the finished pieces. Have a look at the feedback back page to hear what some of the students said.


Laura piercing the silver to make rings.

Ali at the bench filing one of the three rings she made before linking them all together.

Melanie planishing 2 small circles to make into earrings.

Laura's work in progress.

Lunch time allows us chance to have some fresh air and take a break from the studio for half an hour. We gather around the dining table and enjoy homemade cake baked by my mum!

Ali made a really lovely ring made up of 3 bands, 1 textured, 1 matt and 1 polished, held together with a gold ring.

Laura made 2 rings and joined them with a band with drilled decorative holes

Melanie came for a day one to one tuition last year and made a ring in gold, then I melted the scrap pieces with some antique gold she owned and made a blob. Melanie rolled it down and cut out the heart shape and added the wire.


Melanie still had a few pieces left so made a pair of earrings based on one of my designs, eventually using every last scrap of metal!


Sarah's finished silver ring, set with a tourmaline.

Ring sizing

Standard designs

Sue makes rings to the size you select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid online or via bank transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it is returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

After 14 days: Sue will happily resize but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work plus postage. Sue can quote for any work before you return the ring.

Commissioned designs

Any item made just for you, that is not one of Sue's standard designs: You (the customer) need to ensure the size is correct before Sue commences any work. If your order doesn't fit, Sue may be able to resize for you depending on the design and stones used. There may well be a charge involved due to the complexity of the design and for working with stones that where not supplied by Sue which may be difficult to work with. Contact Sue to discuss if it is possible and she can let you know the cost involved, including postage.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.