Get one-on-one help making your very own wedding bands or engagement ring. Work at your own pace in a private, luxury jewelry studio, with expert and patient instruction. No prior jewelry making experience necessary, although a love for working with your hands is a bonus.
For an amazing experience and an incredibly meaningful resulting piece of jewelry, if you are looking for the truly handcrafted engagement ring, wedding band or jewelry gift that you make yourself, consider an exceptional day long experience in the studio, one-on-one with Lisa Krikawa.
Check out these photo albums from different workshops:
What Designs are Possible and Not Possible at a DIY
What you can do for sure is forge a band for a wedding band or engagement ring. Some minor details can be added, like shape and texture. A few small diamonds can be flush set in the bands. The setting itself is always purchased pre-made as it would take nearly a day to hand fabricate one of these for the first time. You can see the materials used in the photo albums above.
If you want to make an engagement ring with multiple stones set, please note that the ring will be pre-purchased as an unfinished mounting and the majority of the work will be stone setting, ring sizing, and polishing.
What cannot be done is: setting many small diamonds, fabricating prong settings, and alternative metals.
Start with a design session via Zoom. This will happen a few days or weeks previous to your private DIY workshop, so you can make some decisions about what you are going to make, and what materials Lisa will need to have on hand.
On the big day, you'll start at a design station, to sketch out designs or look at images, to define exactly what you are going to make. You'll finalize your materials and or stone choices at this time.
Moving into the fully equipped luxury jewelry workshop, you'll work one-on-one with Lisa to take whatever steps necessary to make your special piece.
Workshop Steps Might Include
Melting down metal
Pouring into an ingot mold
Rolling out on a rolling mill
Lisa will guide you through each step, demonstrating when necessary and remaining as hands-off as possible throughout the entire process. Any steps can be done by Lisa herself as well, if determined to be too tricky or delicate (such as the final setting of expensive stones or soldering delicate items).
Nothing can be more sentimental than a beautiful piece of jewelry that you handcraft yourself.
Wedding Band Set (Fun for couples! Day price remains the same.)
Widely variable. All materials are chosen in advance during the zoom consult, and you will be able to see pricing for what you are selecting, at that time.
Minimum half day $600 (4 hours), typical for a single wedding band
One day rate: $1000 (8 hours), typical for a solitaire engagement ring
Each additional hour is $125, typically extra hours are needed for textures and additional stones
Rates and materials are valid for group sizes up to 4 people. Progress for each person is made at a slower rate than one-on-one.