I wouldn’t call myself particularly artistic. I love to write and I’m not bad at taking the odd photograph, but anything more fiddly and I’m all fingers and thumbs! So when Rachel Jeffrey got in touch asking if Gareth and I would like to visit her studio to make some rings, I was slightly apprehensive.
Despite my nerves, bright and early on Monday morning, we jumped in the car and headed up to Wheathampstead, just outside of St Albans, for a day of ring making. We were actually both super-excited about what was in store, neither of us had ever done anything like this before and we were intrigued as to what it would be like.
After meeting the team and a brief introduction from Rachel we picked the style of rings we wanted to make. I chose a slim curved band with a hammered finished for extra sparkle (!) and Gareth opted for a wide style with a flat top which was curved on the underside to make it much more comfortable to wear.
It was just us in the class but Rachel holds them regularly and for up to eight people at a time. She told us that they get a lot of hen parties making bangles and pendants (which sounds super-fun!) as well as couples making their own wedding bands.
There’s always time for a quick selfie!
Each process was explained in meticulous detail and I didn’t once feel out of my depth. I felt weirdly proud of myself using a blowtorch (!) and being able to solder something without burning the place down! We decided to make each other’s rings and as they started to take shape we would both turn to each other and say “Hey, how’s it looking over there? I hope you’re not making a mess of my ring!”
A few hours later and we were finished. We were so proud of ourselves, putting them on immediately and showing everyone who asked. I knew I’d probably continue to wear mine everyday, it felt so special that Gareth actually handmade it for me, but I was really surprised that he hasn’t taken his off since either. For a man who wasn’t even sure if he wanted to wear a wedding ring, he’s now proudly sporting two!