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Bead setting and its big brother pave are advanced stone setting techniques that allow you to set melee diamonds and other small stones into the surface of the metal. With these techniques you can transform a blank surface into a sparkling matrix of light.
Pave is wonderful on rings, earrings, pendants, brooches and bracelets. It can have the glow and richness of the old world or with a few tweaks you can create your own contemporary approach. The skills you will learn in this class are the beginning of a journey, into making beautiful objects, that will last a lifetime.
This class is about developing a group of skill sets that will deepen your understanding of stone setting. Bead setting is an apex skill which means that it requires the honing of groups of different skills to accomplish a complex task. This class will introduce you to those skills and help you understand how to develop them in the most productive manner. The skills you learn in the class will be strengthened with a solid initiation into the theory behind bead setting. Once you understand the “how and why” of these techniques you will find that it strengthens all of your other stone setting endeavors.
This class teaches the following:
• What is bead setting
• Layout of the setting job using scribes and dividers
• Preparing, sharpening, and tuning gravers, dividers, and scribes
• Cutting seats using drills and burs
• Understanding the anatomy of the faceted stone and how it relates to stone setting
• The setting process after the seat is cut. Placing the stones, establishing beads, finishing the beads
• Beading tools- how to choose and use them to create finished work with minimal cleanup.
• Using millgrain tools to finish your edges
• Hardening and tempering carbon steel tools
• Bright cutting and azuring
A kit of materials and stones are included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A full color handout is included with the class. Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
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 6 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 18 hours of instruction.
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Tools for this Class
- • Flexshaft with handpiece and foot pedal
- Any model flexshaft and handpiece will work. Foredom SR with a #30 handpiece and FCT-1 foot pedal kit is recommended. Quick change handpieces need an adaptor for the drill bits used in this class.
- • If you have a flexshaft already, the Foredom FCT-1 or Lucas #9 Lowboy foot pedals are recommended for best control. Other foot pedals will work, but are less sensitive to pressure.
- • Metric Steel Ruler 15cm.
- • Dividers
- • Scribe - a sewing needle in a pin vise is ideal
- • India sharpening stone or Norton India sharpening stone
- • Heat gun or Ace Heat Gun
- • Work Holder, or wood shellac holder or ring clamp
- • Tooth brush
- • Digital Calipers
- • Optivisor at least a #5 but a #10 can be handy. The #10 is a fair amount of magnification but it can make some people a little headache-ish and dizzy.
- • Black Sharpie Fine Point (not the ultra fine point)
- • Bur-life
- • Safety Glasses
- • A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of these tools.
Students must have basic jewelry skills and stone setting experience. Our Basic Jewelry class provides the minimum prerequisites for this class. It's also recommended that students take Stone Setting 1 or have the equivalent skills with using burs and a flex shaft to make settings.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA