A New Spin

It could be said that Spinner Rings have been the backbone of JOE’S Garages jewelry classes. Over the years there have been many basic styles, with countless opportunities on which to head into another design direction. My students and commission requests have been inventive and daring. Not everything became a reality, and many of my techniques have evolved.

I still use standard plumbing copper pipe as my go-to base. It’s always nice when this can be a recycled piece =] I have tried several ways of flaring. Currently I flare with a large dapping punch. The spinners have always supplied the most opportunity for design, but recently I have begun adding color through enameling. The flared shank is unusually stable and makes an excellent base for enameling, and the colors set off the spinners beautifully!

Here are a few of my favorites:

See also this Spinner story.

Spinner rings: EVERY WEEK

I’m in cahoots with Airbnb. I offer an Airbnb EXPERIENCE every week through November!

Airbnb experiences were designed to offer travelers the inside track to experiencing any location through the eyes of, and in the shoes of, a local host. Airbnb fosters belonging in its home stays and now in its activities!

I chose one of my most popular classes, the Wave Spinner Ring and host it every Thursday or Friday. Registration for these special rate classes, with French press coffee or water, is at Airbnb.com

You belong at JOE’S Garage!

Bitty Boîte: Take $30 OFF

The actual price of this multi-skill workshop is $30 less than what was printed in the catalog!


New, offered through Sioux Falls Community Ed, Bitty Boîte WORKSHOP will greatly add to your silversmithing skills. Conventional copper plumbing pipe can be transformed into a collectible trinket box! You will create the ornamental feet to raise it off your bureau or shelf from balls of recycled sterling silver, you may choose to texturize the outer surfaces, and the opportunities to ornament the cover range from stamping and doming to adding a tiny handle. You might impress the sterling silver topped lid with my Grow Peace designed stamp.

Day 1

Preparing the pipe. Saw the pieces you will need from copper pipe, making decisions about size. Add texture, messages, or design to the side surfaces. Melt or form 3 pedestal feet.

Day 2

Preparing the top and bottom. Impress a texture to the top, stamp a message or date to the bottom or under the lid, and solder the feet in place.

Day 3

Solder. Solder the lid pieces together, solder the bottom in place, and do final finishing.

Visit Community Ed for more information.