3-Ring Circus

The “Circus” is coming to Valley Ridge! Richard Salley and Jessica Papke team up to bring you an intensive 3-day workshop that focuses entirely on the process of ring making. In this series of workshops we will be presenting how to make 3 rings, 3 different ways in 3 days. Whether this will be your first foray into ring making or you want to expand your ring making knowledge, you will leave the workshop with newly acquired skills that will launch you into a new level of jewelry making. 


The Spinner Ring – although simple in design, the spinner ring will lay the foundation for the other types of rings you will make. You will learn how to properly size a ring for any given gauge of metal, how to resize a ring and then focus on finishing and polishing. You will complete one sterling silver spinner ring and have the opportunity to make additional rings from copper and brass stock. The Spinner Ring offers a wide variety of design options limited only by your imagination. 


The Bezel-Set Cabochon Ring – this day will be spent creating a sterling silver bezel-set ring with a turquoise cabochon. You will be free to explore either a Southwest style ring or a more modern version. We will also discuss various ring shank possibilities. Learning how to create a soldered bezel and how to securely set a stone is a skill that can easily be transferred to an endless variety of ring possibilities. These are basic skills that every jeweler should have in their design and fabrication arsenal.


The Torch-Fired Enamel Ring with Tube-set CZ – this final day of the “Circus” will be spent on learning the basics of torch-fired enameling and then how to combine your enamel piece with a tube-set CZ to create a truly unique ring. Your bezel making skills from Day 2 will come in handy for fabricating the thick-walled bezel to hold your enamel creation. Knowing how to set a faceted stone in tubing will open up new possibilities for your own rings. 

About the Instructors

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to ‘found object jewelry’ after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.

Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.

Richard’s work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry’ by Brenda Schweder, ‘Steampunk Style Jewelry’ by Jean Campbell and ‘Metal Style’ by Karen Dougherty.

Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • View Richard’s work at his website
  • Contact Richard via email

Jessica Papke graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University’s College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

She is currently the sole proprietress behind “Rosy Revolver”, an unflinching line of jewelry handbuilt for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing and graphic design. Jessica’s most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley.

Jessica’s work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine.  She resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs.