I am thrilled to announce that my video Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: Rings is now available for streaming and download!
After months of remastering, editing, and digital wizardry that has made my wrists ache, Rings is available through Vimeo On Demand for the same low price as the DVD $59.95. It includes the companion ebook and access to the Q&A forum where I answer technical questions about the projects.
Hate it when a bezel is too tight to fit your stone? I can show you how to fix that.
Love drusies? Make a ring that will show them off while keeping their fragile crystals from getting chipped.
Wondering which bezel thickness and width to use for different stones? Here’s how I do it in silver or gold.
Think alloying gold is beyond your reach? Watch how easy it is to do in small batches, and save money by recycling your own gold scraps.
Think hinges are scary? Learn how to make an easy one for a ring with a hidden compartment (poison, Borgias, and annoying dinner guests not included).
Want to make durable gold ring tops but still want money leftover for tools, stones, food, and heat? Discover how to make gold-silver bi-metal.
I spent weeks remastering the video content, optimizing it for download, and editing and reformatting a second edition of the companion ebook. That meant hours and hours of watching a slightly thinner and less gray me showing the ins and outs of so many things that you won’t learn anywhere else. Spending all that time with my own content, there are a few things I can tell you now about Rings that you may not know:
1) This is the place where I show all the other fabrication tricks, tips, and techniques that there isn’t room for on Russian Filigree, Eastern Repousse & Chasing, or Granulation Demystified. That’s a ton of information you can use in all your fabrication projects, not just rings. This information will save you time and up your game significantly.
2) It’s the funniest of all my videos!
In 2006 when I forever raised the bar of what instructional fine craft videos should be, I had two very clear goals: make certain people can clearly see exactly what I’m doing, and make the information accessible so people can put it into practice immediately. Partly because of the technology at the time, the handful of available instructional videos for detailed art and fine craft were notoriously difficult to learn from. When I began filming the Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters series, I insisted on the most advanced technology I could employ so that my videos would help people learn for many years to come. I was an early pioneer of what today is ubiquitous on YouTube, and I’m so very proud to have made that contribution to the field!
People learn best when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves. It’s the opposite of school (particularly art school). If you’re laughing, you’re not thinking about how difficult something seems or worrying if you’ll be able to do it. So, yes, I crack a lot of jokes and ham it up…all in the name of education…ok, and, well, yes…because I can’t resist. Learning should be fun!
Seriously, people frequently tell me how much they enjoy how “real” I am on camera. When we meet in person they say that they feel like they already know me and that my laugh and smile are contagious. That they also often show me the results of what they learned, their actual projects from my videos, is proof that they way I teach works. That makes me smile even more.
And now you can watch and learn from any device that supports Vimeo at your bench, on your sofa, or on an airplane. Purchase Rings now and receive 25% off the regular price of $59.95. Unlike some instructional video sites, I won’t be running this sale every other weekend! The offer is only good Until April 15, 2019.
Use the code 25offrings to save 25%.
Watch Rings and make something cool!
P.S. Yes, Russian Filigree and Eastern Repousse & Chasing will be available for download very soon!