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I started the ring a month 2019 challenge and it went viral!

There have been lots of jewellery challenges going around for the last couple of years including make a pendant a day, a ring a week, a bird a week etc. I do love these kind of thing but know that committing to making something every day or even every week is just too much for me. So I've been thinking for a while about a monthly challenge, something that would be some work but would still feel do-able.
On new years eve I decided to go for it and set up a Facebook group called Make a Ring a Month 2019. I posted about this group on one jewellery forum on the evening of 31st December and before the new year arrived 30 people signed up! By the next day, we'd hit 100 and we are currently on 189 members from all over the world.
When I first set it up I really didn't know how it would go. I thought that it might be me and about 20 other people that I know. I'm so glad that others have joined in too, it goes to show that it wasn't just me wanting a challenge for 2019.

The challenge is this:

Make a ring every month in 2019.
That's it really! It can be made of any material. You can be a beginner or a professional jeweller or someone in between.
A theme for each month will be suggested but you are welcome to ignore it if you have some design ideas in mind. 


You are welcome to join in! You can find the Facebook group here >. There is one question to answer when you join the group because I wanted to make sure we got genuine people and not spam!
I have also set up an Instagram account @ringamonth for those that prefer Instagram so do follow that and use the hashtag #ringamonth2019 to share your work in progress and final rings.

I'm grateful to all those that have joined and am really looking forward to seeing what everyone makes. And now that I've started the challenge I've got to get making too!
I will update you on the blog with the progress over the year.

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I've been overwhelmed by the number of people being inspired by the Ring A Month challenge. At the time of writing, we have 351 members in the Facebook group and 300 followers on Instagram.
If you'd like to join in there's still time!
Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/makearingamonth/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ringamonth/

I have decided to announce the theme for the coming month a week before the start of the month. This is to give people time to think about their designs, particularly those that are busy and have a lot to fit in.

The theme for February 2019 is .... music and lyrics




Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how to interpret the theme

Be inspired by

A song/piece of music you loveA specific lyric from a song A style of music e.g. classical, metal, rap, funk etcA musicalAn instrument/sMusic artwork (CD/LP sleeve or music video)A concert you went to (or wish you went to!)A music festivalChoose a musician, singer or composer you admire…

Online ring making tutorials

I started the Make a Ring a Month 2019 challenge at new year (there's still time to join in, you can find the group here >). We have members at all levels of experience in jewellery making so I thought I'd write this blog post sharing some online ring making classes for those that are beginners, those that want to make more advanced designs or those that fancy trying a new technique.
I am only covering classes I can personally recommend here (with the exception of Hattie Sanderson I know all the teachers listed below). I have no doubt that there are loads of resources out there but this will hopefully give a start to those that are interested. If something catches your eye then do click on the link to find out more.
(Just to be clear, I do work for Jewellers Academy but have not been asked to promote their courses and these are not affiliate links).

For beginners in making silver rings

Make a silver ring with Rosie Sanders -  £45
Jewellers Academy
link >




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