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I love to wear one-of-a-kind pieces. There’s something really gratifying about wearing something fabulous that no one else has. I usually achieve that by thrifting and shopping at vintage markets but last week I did it with a hot flame and a hunk of metal. I was fortunate enough to attend a jewelry making class at Stonybrook Fine Arts where I cut, shaped, designed, and sautered two rings.



oneofakind2On one of my rings I used a strip of copper mesh to create a snakeskin-like texture on the ring. On the other I used stamps to press letters into the metal.

oneofakind4Then I measured out the size of my ring and cut it accordingly. After that I filed down the edges to make sure they would fit properly when I shaped the ring.


oneofakind6After I shaped the ring I sautered the ends together to make it a full circle and then polished it for the final touch.


oneofakind8I ended up with two rings, the copper is the snakeskin print and the silver says “Solo Goya” (a reference you’ll understand if you take my tour of the MFA Goya exhibit!).

I had an incredible time at this class. It was so cool to take a piece of metal and turn it into a one-of-a-kind statement item. I highly recommend the classes at Stonybrook to anyone interested in unique crafting. The offer classes in welding, aluminum sandcasting, and jewelry making.

A big thanks to the teacher Sophia for putting up with all my questions!

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Please note: I did receive a complimentary class from Stonybrook Fine Arts, however all opinions are my own.