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Stone setting is central to jewelry making and we cover 3 popular styles in one course: tube, flush and prong setting. Although they look like completely different settings, they actually share a lot in common. All three settings are made using burs, to create the seats for the stones, which makes them a perfect suite for practice.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Tube settings offer the color and beauty of stones to accent your jewelry designs. They’re perfect for small stones - 4mm or less. Tube settings are small stepped bezels made from tubing, perfect for cabochons or faceted stones. Students will make tube settings from scratch and solder them into a sample project, like a pendant.
Flush settings set the stones into the surface of your metal, and bring a sophisticated, modern beauty to jewelry with their beveled and burnished edges. The project for this setting is a sterling ring.
Prong settings are common for setting cabochons and faceted stones. Students will work with prong settings in basket and crown styles. Modifying the prongs for setting will be covered. The settings can be used for a lovely pair of earrings, a pendant or ring.
• Tube setting
• Flush setting
• Basket and crown prong setting
• Proper use of setting burs
• Soldering in settings
Want to continue practicing at home or take this class online? Check out our free videos on how to set up to make jewelry at home, and how to use a home friendly butane torch to solder.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it 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).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
In addition to these tools, you’ll need basic jewelry fabrication tools, like the tools listed for Jewelry 1 - Basics.
Flexible shaft machine with #30 handpiece (a Dremel may be too awkward to use)
Leather scrap or similar pad, 2-3” square
Scriber or a sturdy and sharp sewing needle in a handle
Jewelers loupe 10X magnification
Flux bottle with needle spout
Magnifiers 2, 3, 4 or 5X recommended (in your preferred style, but they must allow you to wear safety glasses, too)
Set of 12 mini files
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
A computer, tablet or smartphone to login into the Zoom class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic fabrication skills for precious metals, like successful completion of a basic jewelry fabrication class, like Basic Jewelry 1 (in-person workshop) or Jewelry 1 - Basics (online). These skills include sawing, filing, soldering and finishing.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA