July 2010: Forged silver bangle workshop

June 06, 2012

On Saturday 31st July Georgina Franklin delivered a bangle workshop, focusing on forging. The course had been fully booked for months and it was also the first time we had run this course so we were looking forward to it. Georgina demonstrated many different ways of cold forging a piece of silver wire to create different effects using a variety of hammers. Some students explored hammering textures into copper before working on their silver, while others chose a design and went straight into the silver. It was a really good day, and everyone made lovely bangles inspired by Georgina's samples.


Getting started; Georgina demonstrated forging with many different hammers.

Everyone agreed, once they got started with a hammer in hand, forging was actually very therapeutic!

Lynne began by forging one end of the wire to make it spread out.

Sue started by soldering 2 wires together, then twisted them by holding one end in the vice and twisting the pliers.

Forging to open out the end of the wire.

Georgina's examples of forged bangles.

Sue finishing her bangle by filing and buffing to remove any hammer marks.

Lynne made a lovely bangle including shaping and texturing with different hammers.

This was the first time Kath and done any silver making,
so this was a wonderful achievement and a lovely finished piece.

Sue's twisted bangle finished with handmade silver balls.
The great thing about making your own bangle is you can make it just the correct size for you!

Kate forged a curvy bangle, planished it to remove hammer marked,
then filed, buffed and polished to give a smooth mirror finish.

Ring sizing

Sue makes rings to the size your 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 by cheque or back transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it's 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.

Sue will happily resize, refinish or repolish the ring at any time after the 14 days have expired, but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work which Sue can quote before you return the ring.

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.