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Cage settings are a beautiful and elegant way to set rough gemstones, undrilled pearls and gem balls. The setting traps the stone within so that there is still movement in the setting, but the stone can’t escape. An unusual setting with movement, they are a perfect solution to those head-scratching “how do I set this?” items.
In this class, students will learn several variations on the cage setting including sheet and wire versions, and create 2 pairs of earrings and a pendant. Add this unique setting to your repertoire!
What’s covered in this class?
- The mechanics of a cage setting
- When to use a cage setting
- Sheet cage settings
- Tapering wire
- Tapered round wire setting
- Flat wire setting
- Closing the cage both soldered and not
- Soldering aids
- Findings for cage settings
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
Tools for this Class
Students can adapt this class to their favorite jewelry technique that they already know, including fabrication, setting, lost wax, enameling and beading. You’ll need the same basic tools you already use to make your jewelry now.
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Soldering set-up: torch, soldering surface, pickle, flux, snips, pick
2/0 or 3/0 or 4/0 saw blades
round/flat forming pliers
Chain nose pliers
Needle file set of 6
Radial discs with mandrel
Flexshaft or dremel
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 2 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 6 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Soldering, filing, sawing, and finishing are necessary skills. Jewelry 1 or other course that covers these skills.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA