Medieval Shield Fine Silver Ring

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Instructor: Despina “Espie” Buoncristiani
Despina Buoncristiani, aka “Espie” has been intrigued with jewelry making since she was a teenager, taking apart old necklaces and creating new pieces with the vintage beads that were harvested. As an adult, with her graphic design background, it seemed a natural progression for her to revisit her creative past, now utilizing her design skills to create unique jewelry pieces. Despina’s early creations were mostly beaded projects, which she sold during trunk shows at Nordstrom. For the past few years Despina has been working with Metal Clay. She received her Art Clay Silver Level I Instructor Certification in September of 2013 and her Senior Instructor Certification in June of 2014. She has been teaching Metal Clay along with a variety of other jewelry making techniques at local bead shops and shows for the past 4 years. Today Despina enjoys mixing her skills in Metal Clay along with her old school metalsmithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. ln the pursuit of advancing her skills, she continues to educate herself, learning new techniques which in turn she shares with her students. You can see what Despina has been up to lately by following her on Facebook at

Currently not available.
Skill Levels: Intermediate. Previous metal clay experience required
Dates/Times: January 18, from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $140 » Fees to be paid in full at time of registration

This beautiful statement ring, so comfortable to wear, hugs your finger like a glove! In this class you will learn how to size, shape, and create a band, a skill you will use over and over again. Once the band is created, you will learn how to shape the shield portion of your ring. Cubic Zirconia clay based bezels will also be made. All pieces will be refined and assembled. After firing, you will patina and polish to complete your piece. This fabulous ring will become a go to piece you will wear over and over again!

Previous metal clay experience is required to be able to successfully complete this project. If you have any concerns about your experience level, please call or email Despina to discuss.

Class Fee includes use of tools, Fine Silver Clay, and Cubic Zirconia stones.

To register and pay for this class please call 626-963-8541 or email Despina at

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