What’s better than an opportunity that falls into your lap when you least expect it?
A while back, a customer sent me this article about make-your-own-wedding-ring workshops, thinking I might be interested. I immediately connected with the concept and loved the idea of helping people make their own wedding bands. But just as I was deciding I would love to do it, I was simultaneously coming up with reasons why not to. I’m not “set up” for that, my workshop is in my home, I have never taught anyone metalsmithing before, and on and on. The idea was quickly set aside for my “someday when I have my own real studio” list, and that was that.
Fast forward to early March when I met with an engaged couple to discuss their rings. They mentioned in passing that they had read about these workshops, too, and asked if I would consider doing one with them. I expressed my hesitation, but I think my excitement was apparent. They enthusiastically agreed to be the “guinea pigs,” knowing it would be my first time doing this, and we set a date.
The soon-to-be bride and groom arrived at my home and we jumped right in, cutting the stock to the right size, learning to solder, getting the perfect fit, and putting the final finish on. Some steps took some getting used to, some came easy to them. They were patient, curious, and just about the sweetest people ever. As the day went on, we found our groove — them in jewelry making, me as their guide, and we came to see we had much in common (even a mutual friend). At one point we stopped for a break which ended in a ukulele/guitar accompanied sing-a-long with my girls. You just never know what’s going to conspire.
When the rings were to their liking, we packed them in special ring boxes to be kept safe until the big day. I was thrilled to send them off with the bands they will wear for the rest of their lives, knowing that they had even more meaning now. Congrats to the happy couple, on their successful foray into metalsmithing and on their upcoming marriage!
As you’ve probably guessed by now, wedding ring workshops are coming soon to AG Ambroult! If you’re in the greater Boston area, keep an eye out for more information.