DIY Wedding Band Workshop

Being a metalsmith, it seemed obvious from the beginning that Kelly would make her husband's wedding ring. And then the idea arose that he would make hers. After sharing the experience, Kelly decided to open up this opportunity to others and the DIY Wedding Band experience was born. 

In the DIY Wedding Band workshop, you will spend about 4 hours in the studio sawing, soldering, hammering, filing and finishing the piece of jewelry that your partner will wear daily, forever! Kelly is with you every step of the way, guiding the process and ensuring that you leave with heirloom quality rings that you both will cherish for a lifetime. No prior experience necessary; this workshop is created for beginners. Rings cost anywhere from $200-$1500, depending on the metals chosen.

Maggie reached out to Kelly about purchaisng a ring for her husband and when Kelly responded with an invite for Maggie to make the ring herself, she said yes!

Maggie Sam DIY Wedding band ring

"Ever since I was a little girl I loved working with my hands. I'm not super artistic, but always enjoyed picking up a hammer or drill to do a project. I had no idea that I would eventually be able to make my husband's ring. I was ecstatic when Kelly offered to instruct me on making his wedding band. The love and effort put into making the ring made it extra special and symbolizes my commitment to him every day!"



Want to take it next level? How about you both make each other's wedding rings. That exactly what Melanie and Aaron did.

"Kelly is such an amazing teacher. She is encouraging and patient. We had such a fun time every step of the way. And now we have these beautiful rings that WE MADE and will cherish forever! We loved this wonderful experience. Thanks Kelly!!!!!"

Don't let your wedding bands be just another thing on the wedding checklist. Making your own bands, the symbol of your union, will provide an experience that shopping online or at a jewelry store never will. Working with Kelly is laid-back, fun and informative. And, let's be honest, who doesn't love to play with fire?

Reach out to us with any questions and to get your workshop scheduled!

- Terra

MeritMade Lessons - What is oxidized silver?

The photos below show a direct comparison between oxidized and non-oxidized silver. Oxidation of silver is simply the process of intentionally exposing silver to environmental factors that cause tarnishing. As you can see, there is a significant difference in the appearance of the two. Let's dive a little deeper...

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The final result of the oxidation process is a very smoky looking blue grey silver that some people find appealing. The best part is that silver that has been finished in this fashion requires less cleaning and maintenance than traditionally finished silver, and further tarnishing of the surface usually results in an even more dramatic appearance. 

There are several different oxidizing solutions on the market that can be purchased specifically for the purpose of this process. Most of them require that the solution be diluted in water. Some are in gel for and can be painted on. One of the weirdest "solutions" is to use a hard boiled egg! Crazy, I know.

In our studio, we use Liver of Sulfur for the oxidation process. Liver of Sulfur is a mixture of potassium sulfide, potassium polysulfide, potassium thiosulfate, and probably potassium bisulfide. All very technical chemical terms, but dilluted correctly and heated just a bit it provides the most even and consistent finish.

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While the underlying metal is still the same material, there are some significant differences in how to care for oxidized silver as opposed to traditionally finished sterling silver. If you clean the oxidized sterling silver as you would with any other type of jewelry, you will find that it completely ruins the blackened look. 

Here's how the best method to clean oxidized silver:

  • Start by mixing warm water and washing liquid in a large bowl. I recommend "the blue" Dawn for this step as I've found it to be the best de-greaser. However, any detergent will likely work.
  • Stir the liquids together. 
  • Place the silver into the bowl, moving it around occasionally.
  • Let it soak for about 20 minutes. 
  • Take it out of the soapy water, and place it onto a soft towel. Gently wipe the silver with the towel, taking care not to scrub. A harsh scrubbing action could also remove the black finish.

As you can see in our shop. We often use this beautiful blue grey oxidized finish in our pieces. We love the look, and hope you do too!

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Enjoy! Amanda