Ready to get a little DIY with some stackable rings? If you’re lusting for control of your own bling destiny, fantasizing about wearing your own creations, jonesing for a little quality girls’ hang time learning something new together or just dreaming of being a jewelry artist, join one of one of the creatively constructive jewelry-making workshops at the ultra-cool Nolita-based jewelry boutique/interactive design studio of Lost Wax Studio — where you’ll take hammer to metal, flame to solder and leave swathed in stacks and stacks of stackable rings.
This past Saturday, I entered a new stage of jewelry-making myself, thanks to LWS co-owner and founder Tam Tran, who kindly invited me to join a new crew of artistic ring bearers during her most recent “intro to working with metals + making stack rings” workshop. A bit before the 11 a.m. start time, Caitlin, Allison, Stephanie, Allie and I all gathered at the Elizabeth Street venue, ready to hit the bench. Given a cardboard bowl for our rings-in-the-rough, a piece of cooper and a piece of silver wire, and with a slew of hand tools before us, we let Tam and her adroit team Diana and Hannah, working designers themselves, instruct and guide us in the fine art of wire-wrapping, sizing, hammering, soldering, filing, oxidizing and polishing. After 3 hours of detailed work (thank god for reading glasses!), we put a ring on it. Stacks of rings, to be precise.
If your own rings aren’t enough for you, shop the vibrant vignettes throughout the store housing the most exquisite renderings of exclusive creative expression from local artisans. And then peruse LWS’s calendar for other ‘shops, like stringing + knotting, leather wrap bracelets, wire wrapping and gemstone ring-making or bezel stone setting. Great as gift certificates, too!
Now, excuse me while I get lost in my stacks. It’s a ring thing.