I will be mentoring another 13 year old in jewelry making as part
of a local scool program. Feel free to give me some advice...
Wish I was located closer to you, bet I could learn alot
watching you teach.
The first project I had to do was a bangle bracelet in Nu-gold.
Got me onto the torch before I had time to panic. A few wacks
with the hammer and I had a bracelet to wear. Unfortunately, the
Nu-gold is hard to melt, so when I tried working with silver
bezel next, whoops! you guessed it, meltdown.
I don't know how wide a band you use on your ring project, but
some piercing would add another dimension to the lesson, without
taking up to much time.
You talked about safety and one aspect that no one had hammered
into my head, and it's obvious, is a neatly organized and
maintained work area. A teenager will probably not think of that
as a safety issue (we all know your immortal from about 12 until
your 21+), but fumbling around for your tweezers or pick while
holding a lit torch in your hand could lead to disaster, and I'm
sure there are plenty of stories out their that could have been
avoided by a well organized bench.
Good luck and enjoy the experience!!