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Create an original silver jewel

Florence, Italy

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Experience hosted by Federico

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

We'll meet for a welcome coffee in a bar with a beatiful and secret garden. Then we reach my small creative workshop (2 minutes walk) where I'll teach you, step by step, how to create a jewel using the technique of cuttlebone casting. This ancient technique, already known by the Egyptians more than 2000 years ago, is one of my favourites and it's easy to learn. The cuttlefish bone is easy to carve to make a mold that will be filled with melted silver. After my instuctions it will be your turn to project and carve the bone into the shape of your own jewel. You will make your personalized pendant or ring, choosing from the proposed models; I will help individually to reach the best result. In the mold just carved I will cast the melted silver and you'll see immediately the rough jewel. After the "hard" work we'll be back to the garden to chill with a glass of wine or prosecco!
Other things to note
To fully enjoy this experience no special knowledge or skills are required.
The jewel you will create still needs some work to be finished. It will be ready to take away the following morning free of charge. For home delivery I'll ask you to pay for the shipping (15-40€).
We'll meet for a welcome coffee in a bar with a beatiful and secret garden. Then we reach my small creative workshop (2 minutes walk) where I'll teach you, step by step, how to create a jewel using the technique of cuttlebone casting. This ancient technique, already known by the Egyptians more than 2000 years ago, is one of my favourites and it's easy to learn. The cuttlefish bone is easy to carve to make a mold that will be filled with melted si…

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What's included

  • Food
    Tuscany red wine (Chianti), prosecco or soft drinks and appetizers
    Le...
  • Drinks
    Coffee/cappuccino or whatever you like to drink.
  • Equipment
    I'll give you the silver for your jewel (Gr 20)
    I'll do any extra wor...
From $226
/ person
Tue, Dec 8
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$226 per person
$226 per person
Thu, Dec 10
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$226 per person
$226 per person

Meet your host, Federico

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 57 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm an artist and master jeweller, art lover and food passioned, I still haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do when I grow up, meanwhile (since 1982) I design jewels and I like teach jewelry-making. In 2013 I was appointed Master of Art by Tuscany Govt. I always like meeting new people, find new inspirations, sharing my knowledge... and telling stories about my work and my city.
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Where you'll be

We will meet in a bar easy to reach from the train station or the Central market. I love the beatiful garden of the bar because it's very quiet and relaxing, the best place to know each other. After the coffee we will go to my lab where, after my teaching, you will create your own souvenir from Florence!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 57 reviews.

Helen
January 2020
What a wonderful experience to make my own piece of jewellery in Florence. A lovely piece that I will have for a lifetime and a reminder of my time in this beautiful city. Federico was really helpful and kind. He was patient (which you need with me) and shared so much knowledge. It was certainly a fantastic experience and one I highly recommend. Anyone can do it! Thank you Federico for a great day.
What a wonderful experience to make my own piece of jewellery in Florence. A lovely piece that I will have for a lifetime and a reminder of my time in this beautiful city. Federic…
Eman
January 2020
The experience was unique! Federico was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable... He shared information to really teach more than just passing certain information to serve the experience! I had a wonderful time that passed so quickly and I fully recommend this experience to anyone interested in jewelry! The experience was awesome and Federico is a unique person! I would definitely repeat this experience!
The experience was unique! Federico was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable... He shared information to really teach more than just passing certain information to serve the exper…
David
January 2020
I had no idea or expectations when I turned up to the workshop as my husband booked it for us both to do something different. From the beginning to the end it was fantastic!! We learnt so much and we were both super amazed we could create silver jewellery! Federico was genuinely a lovely man, creative and passionate in his craft. We both felt incredibly welcome and would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys something creative. For us, it was something we will talk about for a long time. And I will wear my pendant made by my husband with pride! - Vicky and David
I had no idea or expectations when I turned up to the workshop as my husband booked it for us both to do something different. From the beginning to the end it was fantastic!! We le…
Gina
December 2019
It was thrilling to see something that starts from a cuttlefish bone and ends up being a stunning treasure for a lifetime. My jaw drops just thinking about it! He so expertly took my ideas and helped me craft such a stunning piece! I am forever grateful.
It was thrilling to see something that starts from a cuttlefish bone and ends up being a stunning treasure for a lifetime. My jaw drops just thinking about it! He so expertly too…
Rafael
November 2019
Federico is an amazing artist, teacher, and wonderful person! His passion for his craft and teaching some of the finer points of his trade are absolutely wonderful and he makes you feel right at home from the get go. It doesnt matter if you have no experience he makes sure that you are taken care of and having a wonderful time every step of the way!
Federico is an amazing artist, teacher, and wonderful person! His passion for his craft and teaching some of the finer points of his trade are absolutely wonderful and he makes you…
Mark
November 2019
It was a great experience, to make a beautiful silver object with such a master of the subject, great teacher, and great personality. More important: the precious memories that I will keep for life. Grazie mille Federico!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 14 and up can attend.