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Make your own Wedding Ring Workshops

September 22, 2019

Make your own Wedding Ring Workshops

Make Your Own Wedding Ring Workshops - FAQ's 

Q: What are the four types of wedding ring workshops?

A: In the Forged in Love Wedding Ring Workshop, you work directly with the metal and make a ring in one day. You will saw, hammer and solder your ring. You can then apply a hammered or brushed texture, or polish your ring to a high shine.

In the Carved & Cast Wedding Ring Workshop you create your rings over two sessions. In the first session you will carve the wax to create your own design. At the end of the session, the ring is sent to our casting house and cast in the metal of your choice. You then return for the second session where you work directly with the metal to finish your ring or we can finish your ring for you and send it to you via registered post. 

The Combination Cast & Forged Wedding Ring Workshop is held over two sessions. One of you carves a ring and the other works directly with the metal. This suits couples where one person needs to make a wedding ring to wrap around an engagement ring. This workshop is a lot of fun, as you both get to experiment with two different jewellery making techniques. 

The BYO Gold Wedding Ring Workshop is perfect for couples who want to recycle their old gold (you must have 30+ grams of 9 or 18ct Yellow or Rose Gold to do this workshop). In this workshop, we hand forge and fabricate your ring using a variety of traditional jewellery making techniques from a gold bar that we create by melting down your old gold. Unfortunately, we are unable to make white gold wedding rings using this method. If you'd like to make your wedding ring from white gold ring, please see our other wedding ring workshops. 

Q: How long will it take to make our rings?

A: The Forged in Love Wedding Ring Workshop and the BYO Gold Wedding Ring Workshops take anywhere from 4 - 6 hours depending on the metal, the design and how thick they are. Rings made from thicker metal or with more complex designs may take longer.

The Carved & Cast Wedding Ring Workshop and the Combination Cast & Forged Wedding Ring Workshops are completed over two half-day workshops, as they take a little more time and skill to create. 

Q: Can I design my own ring?

A: Yes you can. However, it does depend on the complexity of the ring design. More intricate rings are usually made using the carved and cast method. 

Q: I have never made a ring before and have no jewellery making experience; can I really make my own wedding ring?

A: Yes! We will be there to walk you through each step to ensure you leave with a beautifully made ring. Most of my students have no jewellery making experience and everyone leaves the workshop with a beautiful well-made ring.

Q: Will our wedding rings look professional?

A: Yes. You will be absolutely thrilled with your finished wedding bands. We can provide as much or as little help as you require to ensure your rings look professionally finished and we will guide  you through the ring making process every step of the way.

Q: Can we make our own rings?

A: Yes. You can choose to make each other’s ring or to make your own.

Q: I would like to make a more complicated wedding band. Is this possible?

A: If you would like to make a more complicated wedding band, we can work with  you to create something really special. We have some very talented jewellers that work from our studio. 

Q: What metal can I use to make my ring?

A: Forged bands

  • 9ct & 18ct yellow, rose or white gold

Carved & cast bands

  • 9ct & 18ct yellow, rose or white gold.
  • Platinum

BYO gold bands 

  • 9ct & 18ct yellow or rose gold 

Q: I would like to have my ring engraved, is this possible?

A: Yes, we can arrange to have your ring engraved after you have finished making it. This will take approximately two weeks. 

Q: Can I make just one ring?

A: Absolutely! Some people want to make their own ring and others want make it as a surprise for their partner. We can also work with two people to make one ring. It’s completely flexible! Just call us to discuss our hourly rate. 

Q: Can we make a ring from titanium or stainless steel?

A: No. We only make wedding rings using precious metals. 

Q: Can the rings be resized?

A: Yes. If you feel your ring is too tight or too loose, you can bring it back and it will be resized (within two sizes) free of charge.

Q: We would like to have our fingerprints added to each others wedding band, is this possible?

A: Absolutely. During the workshop, we can take your fingerprint and this is then added to the inside or the outside of the ring after you have finished making it. This takes approximately two weeks. 

PRICING

Q: What does the price include?

A: Formed & forged band

  • Ring making workshop for two
  • Gourmet lunch & delicious morning and afternoon tea
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Champagne to celebrate at the end of the workshop
  • All tools, equipment and consumables

Carved & cast band

  • Ring making workshop for two
  • Casting fee
  • Delicious morning or afternoon tea
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Champagne to celebrate at the end of the workshop
  • All tools, equipment and waxes 

Additional fees:

  • Stone setting starting from $25 per stone
  • Diamonds starting from $35 per stone
  • Fingerprint engraving $250 per ring
  • Engraving a message/name/date $180 per ring
  • Rhodium plating (for white gold rings) $80 per ring
  • Platinum (Price on application)

Q: What details do I need to provide so I can get a quote for the silver, gold or platinum?

A: Please speak to us about this, there are a number of things we will need from you to give you an accurate gold estimate. 

    Q: Why is 18ct gold so expensive?

    A: 18ct gold is 75% pure gold where 9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold.

    Q: Do I have to pay the full fee upfront at the time of booking?

    A: Yes, all of our class bookings are done online. We have a range of payment options. The gold must be paid for in full within two weeks of the workshop date. 

    BOOKING

    Q: How far ahead should we book our workshop? 

    A: We recommend booking your workshop at least four weeks in advance but some couples book up to 6 months in advance. Weekends are very popular and book out quickly so the further in advance you can book the better.

    Q: When are the workshops available?

    A: Workshops are available seven-days-a-week and are scheduled to suit each couple.

    Q: Are there any Terms and Conditions?

    A: Yes, please read the Workshop Terms and Conditions before making your booking

    Q: Is there parking nearby?

    A: There is free parking available on site.

    What else do I need to know? 

    Many designs are possible, from classic wedding bands to unique wedding ring designs involving diamonds, engraving or a mix of metals. We use gold for our wedding band workshops as it's incredibly durable.

    It's also the most non-reactive of all metals: it won't react with oxygen or most chemicals, meaning it won't tarnish, rust or perish. This makes it perfect for use in jewellery and high status objects which are intended to retain their value and finish indefinitely.

    These are the most common types of gold used in wedding rings: 

    • White Gold (9 & 18ct)
    • Yellow Gold (9 & 18ct)
    • Rose Gold (9 & 18ct)
    • Platinum 

     What about gemstones? 

    We can add any design features, such as diamonds after the ring making process. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for this process. If you require us to source your gems for you, we are also happy to do so, this process may take slightly longer as we will need to contact our network of gemstone suppliers. 

    If you require engraving, we will need to send it to our specialist engraver so we will need to check their turnaround time*or gemstones after you’ve finished making the rings (please allow approximately 2 weeks). 

    PLEASE NOTE: It is NOT possible for you to set your own gemstones.
    Jewellers need years of training and experience to set gemstones - it is a highly skilled process. It can also be a dangerous process with flying pieces of metal and sharp  burrs and drills used. It is best to leave it to the professionals. 

    Can I recycle my gold jewellery? 

    Yes, we can use your old gold in your new jewellery, but please take into consideration that we cannot mix two types of gold together, eg: 18ct and 9ct yellow gold. We also cannot melt and roll out white gold or platinum.  

    How much does new Gold cost for 2 wedding bands? 

    On average, the cost for two wedding rings starts at $800 - $3500 (depending on the metal that you choose). 

    To provide a quote on metal, we will need the following information: 

    • You and your partners ring size (any jeweller can measure you up) 
    • A idea of how wide and thick (in mm) you would like your rings to be eg: A standard men's wedding ring is usually about 4-6 mm wide and 2 mm thick) a woman's is approx 2mm wide by 1.5 mm thick

    Please note that Gold prices fluctuate daily. We can provide you with an estimate, however this may change slightly depending on the gold prices on the day we order the metal from our metal merchant. 

    If you have any additional questions prior to making a booking, please email hello@jewellerycollective.com.au or call Kim on 0415 836 311. 





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