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This suite of three alternative stone setting techniques offers new, fun ways to highlight your stones. Create open, two-sided bezels that wrap around the edge of your stone or faceted gem, make prongs that can wrap your rough top stones, and create impressive, thick bezels that will hold your stones for a lifetime.
The first project in this live online Zoom class teaches you how to bezel set unusual stones, faceted gems, and found objects, like tumbled pottery or beach glass, and river rocks. Make two-sided bezels for these that are set around the girdle of your stone, showing off both sides. Use these to create earrings or pendants.
The next project, free form prong setting, captures and sets rough stones, brass stampings and beads that don’t have holes or built in attachments. These adaptable prong settings make great earrings, rings or pendants.
Finally, we’ll make a thick gauge bezel setting. These bezels made from 18-24 gauge sheet, are set with a punch. They have a totally different look from thin gauge rub-over bezels, and are very durable. You can also make variations on this technique, like making a tab setting.
• Choosing stones and pieces to set for each style of setting
• Making a two-sided bezel settings
• Fabricating free form custom prong settings
• Creating thick gauge bezels
• Set cabochons with a tab setting
A kit of materials and stones is 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. The kit includes your metal and practice stones to make the practice projects.
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.
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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).
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.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models 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 the basic jewelry tools from Jewelry 1 - Basics (online).
2 part clear epoxy (5 minute work time)
Chain nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Rotating Bench Vise (2-4” jaws, clamp-on or screw-mount)
Sterling solder (hard, medium and easy)
Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper - 320 and 600-grit
Leather scrap or similar to cushion settings
A computer, tablet or smartphone to login into the Zoom class
Students will also need their tools from the Jewelry 1 - Basics 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