Ring Making Workshop
Make your own wedding rings workshop
What could be better than making your own wedding rings for each other?
You can actually make your own wedding rings.
I run Make your own Wedding ring Workshops in and around Harrogate where you can make your own wedding rings. You can choose your precious metals, including Fairtrade gold, as well as the style and finish of your rings, including textures. This is such a special start to a new chapter for couples celebrating their future life together and such a lovely thing to do.
You will be taught to make your rings with careful tuition, by me Sally. I'm an experienced teacher and will teach you to make your own wedding rings. You will learn step by step how to make each ring in an easy to follow workshop. Each stage of ring making will be demonstrated and explained, so that you can actually make a ring to symbolise your special love for each other. Whether you would like traditional rings or something a little different, or to use eco friendly methods and fairtrade gold this will all be possible.
How it works
First contact me to book your day.
This workshop is available by appointment depending on availability. The dates are by arrangement. I hire a room in a Harrogate school, which is used for adult learning classes. Or a room in Kirk Deighton, which is a lovely village hall great for easy access from the A1(M).
This workshop is for one couple to make their wedding rings.
First check the availability of the date you are thinking about. A £100 deposit will secure your date.
Choices you need to make before the workshop
You will need to talk to me about the ring style you would like, either by email, phone, or Skype. You will then be able to decide on the style of rings you both want and I will order the metals required.You will need to choose styles of ring:
Traditional/D shape (flat inside and curved on the outside)
Court/Oval (oval profile, wider in height and narrower in depth)
Comfort/Inverted D shape (curved inside and flat outside)
Flat/Rectangular (flat on the inside and outside)
I can send you a link to my wedding ring Pinterest board if you need help choosing styles of ring. Simply send me an email and I'll give you the link. I will send you a ring sizer and simple instructions to measure your fingers or you can let me know your size if you have had it measured already.
You will need to choose your ring box:
A double ring box (shown below)
Two single ring boxes
What happens next?
Approximately 4 weeks before your workshop day I will order your precious metal. You can choose from 9ct white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. Other options are 14ct white gold, yellow gold or rose gold, or 18ct white gold, yellow gold or rose gold, which we would make using the casting process.
If you would prefer you can make your rings in sterling silver and I will make a copy of your ring using gold once you are happy with the design. This will take a little bit longer and will add a small making charge.
You will either be able to take your lovely shiny new wedding rings home with you on the day, or if you prefer have them cast, or hallmarked by the assay office. I will let you know the timings for this, as it varies at different times of the year.
At the end of the day your rings will be presented in a beautiful double ring box, or two single boxes if you prefer. You will now be ready and so excited for your very special day.
The workshop starts at 10am and will finish at approximately 4.00pm. Finishing time depends on the rings that are being made and the individual couples themselves.
Decisions you can make on the day:
I will bring in some examples of these rings, so you can choose the finish you would like.
High shine (no texture, the bright shiny polished traditional finish)
Hammered finish (round hammer marks which shine and catch the light)
Stripe (straight vertical hammer marks for flat surfaces only)
Matt (matt surface which appears slightly dull or frosted)
Scratch (scratched slightly distressed appearance, not shiny)
It costs £250 in total for you as a couple to have individual ring making tuition. This will include a step by step process showing you exactly how to make your rings. You will be shown each step and carefully supervised, so that you will make your very own wedding rings.
You can choose if you'd like to be photographed during the day, and photographs can be emailed to you after the workshop as a lasting reminder of your day.
The cost of the raw materials (gold of your choice) is not included in this and will be an additional cost. The price of your materials will depend on the precious metals you choose and the dimensions. I will provide you with an approximate cost once you choose your metals. Please note that your metal may cost more or less than the quote; the costs of precious metals goes up and down according to the financial markets.
This is rough price guide for you. I will discuss material costs and options with you via Skype, or telephone and confirm all the details using email before you make your booking.
Once I have all the details of the rings you'd like to make, I will get you a more accurate quote for your choice. The prices below are for guidance only.
Hallmarking costs are detailed below.
These rings were made using D profile 18 carat yellow gold, which means they are curved on the outside and flat where the ring touches the finger. The larger ring is 3mm wide x 2mm deep and the smaller ring is 2.3mm wide x 1.5mm deep. They are finished with a high shine polish.
Price guide for gold
9ct white, yellow or rose gold
Ladies wedding ring £70 - £150
Mens wedding ring £140 - £280
14ct white, yellow or rose gold
Ladies wedding ring £95 - £250
Mens wedding ring £200 - £380
Plus casting costs (below)
18ct white, yellow or rose gold
Ladies wedding ring £110 - £285
Mens wedding ring £300 - £560
I am a Fairtrade Gold Advisor, which means that I can purchase Fairtrade Gold for you to use. This gold is ethically sourced and the miners and their families are supported and paid a fair wage for their work. Fairtrade Gold costs a little more, because the gold is certified to Fairtrade Standards and provides artisanal miners and their communities in developing countries the opportunity for better living and working conditions. Please contact me for more details.
Plus casting costs (below)
For any 14K or 18K golds it is possible to make your rings in sterling silver in the workshop, and we can send them off to a professional casting company.
Your rings will then be cast into your chosen metal and will be an exact replica of yours when they come back from the casting company.
Your silver rings will also be sent back to you, so you will be able to keep those as a keepsake too!
Casting costs are approximately £115 per ring on top of the metal costs, plus you will need to pay for any silver used, but this is not expensive.
You will need to pay for any postage costs for casting or hallmarking.
Some styles can be made in the workshop using 14ct gold, but there are more styles available in 18ct gold.
You may also choose to work directly using 18ct gold, as can be seen in the picture above.
Other charges and payment information
£45 for two rings of the same metal
£60 for two rings of different metals
There is an extra charge of £10 for postage and packaging if they need to be posted back to you. I can arrange for the hallmarks to be applied before you make your rings if you wish.
An invoice will be sent for the balance approximately 5 weeks before the workshop and this should be paid before the metal is ordered.
Any other costs eg casting, hallmarking, postage will be invoiced and should be paid before your finished rings are posted to you.
This workshop is to make two round rings with straight ring shanks. This is a traditional round design. Unfortunately curved designs cannot be accommodated in this workshop due to the complexity of their design. Some brides choose to wear their engagement ring on their right hand once they wear their wedding ring. If you would like to make a shaped wedding ring please contact me for further details.
You may choose to design and make a ring for each other, or to each make a ring for yourselves.
By the end of the day you will both have a beautiful handmade ring for each other, or for yourselves.
What to wear
No special clothes are required, but comfortable clothing should be worn. Closed shoes are essential and long hair should be tied back. Aprons and safety glasses will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.
Parking for the workshop and where to have lunch in Harrogate
You should be able to park in the school car park or on the road outside nearby.
It's very handy for Betty's (Harlow Carr), so you may like to go there for lunch and talk about your newly acquired jewellery making skills! There are tea and coffee making facilities at the workshop venue.
Lunch will not be provided but you should enjoy a break at lunchtime. Other recommendations can be given for lunch. We are also close to The Wild Plum which is a hidden gem! Or you may choose to bring your own picnic and head to The Stray. Please note you should not drink alcohol while you are making rings!
After your workshop you may wish to celebrate your achievements and I have plenty of recommendations for restaurants and bars in Harrogate. If you'd like to have a celebratory meal or drink once you have finished making your rings you may consider The West Park Hotel for food and drink. For live music there is Blues Bar (it's best to check what's on first) or for more relaxed vibes with food and drink there's Major Tom's Social
If you're travelling from further afield and want to stay locally there's The Kimberley Hotel in Harrogate which has accommodation and a Bistro. It runs a special Sunday offer for FREE overnight accommodation, so it's worth checking out their special offers.
Parking in Kirk Deighton and where to go for lunch
Parking is available immediately outside the workshop and there is a lovely pub in the village, The Bay Horse.
How to book
You should contact me using the contact form on my website or email me at email@example.com
I will create a custom booking order for you to pay your £100 deposit once we have agreed a suitable date for your workshop. This will reserve your date for you.
If you don't have much time left before your wedding date it may still be possible to book your wedding ring making workshop if there is availability.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My fiancé and I did the wedding ring making workshop with Sally last week, and we loved it. First we made practise rings in silver and then we moved on to the gold. We chose to make each other's rings, just for extra pressure! Sally was patient and kind throughout and jumped in a couple of times to stop us going way off track, since we didn't have a clue, and making a piece of straight metal turn into a piece of round metal that fits perfectly is hard! I cannot believe how good they look, and we got it all done in a day - just really good fun and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Sally and Francis (Leeds)