Not Your Mother’s Vintage Fine Silver Ring

A Pasadena Bead And Design Show Workshop [select another show]

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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. Metal clay experience required
Dates/Times: January 20, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $125 » Fees to be paid in full at time of registration

Love the look of vintage rings...then why not make one yourself with a vintage button motif! Learning how to size, shape, and create your band is a skill you will use again and again. After the band is constructed, you will select a mold which was created from a vintage button, and place your clay in it to make your ring topper. When your pieces are dried and refined, you will attach the topper to the band and it will be fired in the kiln. Mold making will also be demonstrated to show you how you can do this at home. This ring will become one of your favorites...I know you will want to make more!

Previous metal clay experience is required 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, molds, and Fine Silver Clay.

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

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