Granulation Ring

Learn to fuse sterling silver and 18K gold granules and wire in the manner of the ancient Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks.
Learn from the leaders.
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  • 3-day Workshop
    A $25 fee for silver materials is due at class time
  • 10am - 5pm
    Each day
  • Victoria Lansford
  • Dates Offered

Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

In this intensive three-day workshop learn to fuse sterling silver and 18K gold granules and wire in the manner of the ancient Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks.

This straightforward method provides immediate gratification with very little clean up! Create traditional or contemporary patterns, while fabricating a small pendant and a ring.

The technique for wire appliqué and granules on sheet, as well as the ability to fuse metal before forming or soldering, provides endless opportunity for stylization and individual design.

Victoria will present a number ways to achieve different patterns for a variety of types of jewelry.

Victoria Lansford is a master metalsmith and has been featured on Home & Garden Television and, demonstrating this unique approach to granulation. This class will be an exclusive opportunity to learn her process in person as Victoria teaches only a limited number of workshops, each year.

Supply List

  • Compressed charcoal block

    Long-Life Hard Charcoal Soldering Block, 5-1/2" (RioGrande)
  • End cutters or snips

  • Joyce Chen Shears

    can be found on
  • U-shaped (flat sided) ring mandrel

    can be found on
  • Rawhide or nylon mallet

  • Small sable artist's brush

    for painting small lines
  • Pliers

    Round, flat, and long thin chain nose pliers
  • Scotchbrite pad

    green scrubby pad
  • AA or MM Boley-style tweezers

    Very important! They must not have been used for soldering.

Metals Provided

Metal is included in cost of workshop to make one project. Extra metal can be purchased through OQZO Metalsmith. Please note all metal should be dead soft STERLING from RioGrande (not argentium or fine silver). Please order from RioGrande to avoid blistering problems.

  • 2” x 3” sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver
  • 3" x 1" sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver
  • 3ft of 20 gauge sterling silver round wire
  • Round or oval cabochon stone with a maximum width of 6mm
  • Fine silver or 22k bezel wire to fit your stone
  • Optional: 6” 18g 18k round wire also from RioGrande (theirs is zinc free)
  • Easy wire solder
  • Hard wire solder
  • Handy paste flux

Tools & Equipment

Tools for each student will be available for use through OQZO Metalsmith. Tools & equipment may be shared by the class.
  • Saw Frame

    with 2/0 blades
  • Flat and 1/2 round needle files

  • Forming pliers with nylon jaws

  • Deep-bending forming pliers with nylon jaws

  • Delrin flat pliers

    optional but helpful
  • 3-4 Air/acetylene torches

    or other torches with rosebud tips
  • 3-4 smooth bench blocks or anvils

    May be small bench blocks
  • 2-3 Chasing hammers

    Students may bring their own instead, if they like
  • 1-2 Planishing hammers

  • 7/8" silicon knife edge wheels and screw top

    Course, medium and high shine
  • Brass brush wheels

    for flex shaft
  • Mandrels

    for flex shaft
  • Mini muslin buff and water soluble rouge

    luxi green or dialux blue are best
  • Mask and safety goggles

    for when using the flex shaft

Getting Started

Tools and Skill: The Fundamentals of Metalsmith.

Additional Classes

1 & 2-Day Classes to Hone Your Skills

Open Studio

Need a place to create? Open studio days are available.

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.

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