14/08/2017

NOCTUA SILVERSMITHING WORKSHOP | AD

I was lucky enough to be invited to do a 1-to-1 silversmithing workshop to make stacking rings with the amazing Noctua. It was a fantastic, inspiring, and empowering experience, and I left with two beautiful rings and a newfound sense of pride.




As someone who doesn't have a lot of confidence in my craft ability, Brittany immediately put me at ease and gave me the confidence to put my heart into it. She clearly puts vast effort into creating a relaxing, encouraging atmosphere so creativity can flow.




We began by calculating the length of silver to fit my fingers, and cutting it, which took me a while as I'm naturally quite a gentle person. Initially, it felt strange being rough with something that seems so delicate. 



We then filed the ends to be completely flat, and used tongs to create an oval. At this point, it was time to solder the rings. This entailed trusting me with a blow-torch. Luckily, everything survived and they started to take shape.




After soldering the rings, I filed gently to smooth the solder, and used a mallet to form the rings into a circle. Traditionally, a rawhide mallet is used to shape rings, but the ever thoughtful Brittany has a rubber mallet for vegans. After making them circular, the rings were then flattened to ensure they sit nicely together in a stack. 



To add a bezel-cup for a stone to one of the rings, a rather steampunk-esque gadget called a 'third hand' is used, and I had chance to return to the soldering and blowtorch. Brittany guided me again here as I couldn't quite get the bezel-cup to sit evenly on the ring. She's brilliant at knowing when you need a helping hand to make the best pieces of jewellery possible without making you feel like you're doing a poor job. 



At this stage, it was time to add the final touches to the rings. Polishing them using a powerful spinning brush was tricky yet satisfying, and suddenly the plain rings were shiny and beautiful. I chose a gorgeous blue-green colour stone for my bezel, and using a metal rod to push the sides of the cup tighter around the stone, I completed the set.


I adore the rings I've made. Every time I wear them I have a sense of pride, and they evoke such happy memories . Brittany made the whole experience magical, with her knowledgeable, in-depth explanations. I can not emphasise enough what a powerful experience this was. Getting creative, learning, and using your hands is definitely good for the soul. 


  
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2 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely post! Wow, Noctua's silversmithing workshop sounds so amazing :) What a wonderful experience, and those rings you made are really pretty! Brittany sounds like a fabulous instructor too! How adorable that they offer classes to make your own wedding rings, I love that! x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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    1. Thank you! It was amazing & she is just wonderful! x

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