Last week we were lucky enough to attend our first The Workbench London class! For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, The Workbench is run by Katie and Kirstie who started the workshops last year to run alongside their own jewellery companies, Crux London and Kirstie Maclaren.
In the workshop you get a little piece of wax sized to your finger of choice, to slice and shape into your own ring design. Once you’re done Katie and Kirstie take them off to turn them into solid silver using a process called ‘lost wax casting’ and then buff and polish them up. You also get the option of adding a gold or rose gold plating for an extra cost, or a chunkier ring.
Their workshops take place all over London, so we picked a night near our Hackney homes and headed down to Mare & Beck to get creative. Katie and Kirstie had sent us over some inspiration photos before the class and I had put together my own Pinterest board with some ideas, but it became obvious pretty quickly to me that my plans were too big. When we had settled with our gin and tonics, we were talked through the different tools and how to use them to shape our wax. After a quick sketch of our ideas and a look through the examples we got slicing.
Katie and Kirstie were on hand throughout the class checking that we were ok and offering loads of tips. I was making ok progress, slowly slicing away at my little bit of wax until disaster struck and I sliced a hefty chunk out the side. BUT with some quick design changes and some tips I think I ended up with quite a pretty ring! Rosie’s is a chunkier design and, after only a few slices off her thumb, we were done.
I really REALLY enjoyed this class and after doing one ring I thought ‘my next one will be bloody brilliant’. So I will be back for sure. The classes are posted on their site here and tickets are £49 per person, so do keep checking back for their new dates. We’re really excited to get our rings back and will be sharing them over on our instagram.