20 hour jewelry workshop in florence

Ali soldering her ring
Ali soldering her ring

20 Hour Jewelry Workshop in Florence

Ali, a jewelery maker, writer, poet, artist, designer and English teacher from Australia now living in Southern Tuscany recently finished a 20-hour jewelry workshop with me. Ali already had some experience under her jeweler’s belt but wanted to brush up on her techniques and learn a few new ones.

Setting a stone in a bezel
Setting a stone in a bezel
Ali's sterling silver convex curl ring almost finished.
Ali’s sterling silver convex curl ring almost finished.

ConvexRingAfter an introductory warm-up exercise in soldering, she jumped right into some new ring designs. This sterling silver convex ring has a hand-curled embellishment on the top. To finish the piece, it was tumbled and a liver of sulfur patina was added to create depth in the curled part, while keeping the edges highlighted.

Ali’s final piece during the workshop was a unique wedding ring with a tapered band made from reticulated sterling silver (.925), which was annealed 14 times before the final reticulation was achieved. The bezel was created from recycled gold and frames a translucent green cabochon stone. The design marries rustic and elegant.

Ali's reticulated sterling silver and gold bezel wedding ring
Ali’s reticulated sterling silver and gold bezel wedding ring

You can read more about Ali’s creative projects on her blog: kittykatmandoo.com

Did I mention, she also runs the AliBaba Enoteca in Monte Amiata (Southern Tuscany)?

Find out more about bespoke jewelry workshops and courses in Florence from 3 hour workshops to 3 month courses, beginning or experienced.

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