Monday, 10 September 2018

the workbench ring making workshop.

The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little Lyzi Unwin gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery blonde hair
The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little Lyzi Unwin gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery ring carving kit

Back in July, I was lucky enough to be invited along to one of The Workbench's Bristol workshops! They run ring making workshops in London & various other places around the country, as well as selling their kits online. 

I was very excited about this, as I've always wanted to give jewellery making a go.


We were greeted by wine in cans and treats from Pinkman's Bakery - including their infamous donuts! - and mingled for a bit. Katie & Kirstie were so lovely and welcoming, chatting to us about our days and our trousers (was that just me?) and asking us whether we had anything in mind for our rings.

I didn't, really. I wasn't sure where to start. Luckily, displayed across the table amongst beautiful bouquets, they had examples of rings we could make. I really liked the more rustic ones, so that's what I settled on, figuring it'd take shape as I made it. 

We were each given a wax ring to fit our chosen finger, and we had to gradually carve it down with a scalpel to get our desired shape. This would then be used to create a mould, which would then be used to make our own unique ring! 

I really enjoyed this process - it was so cathartic to be using my hands to create something again. 


The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery wax cast
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The lovely Lori and I at the workshop.

Once done, we popped our wax rings into an envelope with our details on, and said goodbye to them for a couple of weeks. Our finished pieces would be sent to us.


I can't tell you how exciting it was to finally receive my ring back - I made this!! 


I was impressed with how weighty it felt, and it felt so good to slip it onto my finger for the first time. I've been wearing it pretty much non stop since then, and love when I get a compliment about it - I get to tell people all about how it was made.

I would highly recommend checking out if there's a workshop on near you! My experience was gifted, but I'd do it again in a flash and happily pay for it. 


Check out their website and Instagram for more details!


The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery
The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery
The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little Lyzi Unwin gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery blonde hair
The Workbench Ring Making Workshop - Being Little Lyzi Unwin gold ring unique ring box kit bristol handmade jewellery

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