Tension Setting

Saturday, April 6, 2024; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, April 7, 2024; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person

Cost: $385

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.


Cost: $315

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Tension settings seem to hold stones in suspension, miraculously caught between two pieces of metal. Behind the magic is of course the craft of creating these fun settings. Learn the ins and outs, tips and tricks of tension setting stones in this workshop. 

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

Students will practice making 3 styles of tension settings using a cast ring, and 2 fabricated projects:  a ring and a pendant.

Techniques covered:
• Tension setting
• Hardening metal 
• Heat hardening metal
• Forging a pendant from thick stock

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 home friendly jewelry tools.

A kit of materials is included with this 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.

Why do students love our classes? Take a quick look at our testimonials page. 

Tools Required for Online Students

This is a list of tools that online students will need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

A detailed list of supplies 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. Students get discounts on tools from our shop, Otto Frei and Rio Grande. 

In addition to these tools, you’ll need basic jewelry fabrication tools, like the tools listed for Jewelry 1 - Basics.

  • Flexible shaft machine (flex shaft) with #30 handpiece or a quick change handpiece
  • Hanger for flex shaft
  • Digital caliper or dial caliper 6” metric
  • Dividers
  • Leather scrap or similar pad, 2-3” square
  • Rotating Bench Vise (2-4” jaws, clamp-on or screw-mount) for holding wire and a ring mandrel
  • Large pliers, like draw tongs or vise grips
  • Burnisher, curved any length 
  • Jewelers loupe 10X magnification
  • 4 oz. cross peen hammer, like a riveting or goldsmithing hammer (hammers with polished faces preferred)
  • Small round ball peen hammer, like the back of a chasing hammer 
  • Please note that the flat face of a chasing hammer is not recommended for forging this project
  • 6mm steel round mandrel, like a dapping punch
  • Masking or painters tape (to wrap around pliers to soften their edges), or nylon/plastic jaw pliers 
  • Bur lubricant
  • Magnifiers to see details when setting 2 - 5x, headband or clip on style. Must work with safety glasses to prevent injury
  • 2 small (2x2”/50x50mm) pieces of soft leather scrap or similar soft cloth
  • Bench brush or soft toothbrush for cleaning settings
  • Scriber or a sharp sewing needle in a handle
  • Diamond tweezers 

And a computer, tablet or smartphone to login into the Zoom class. The Zoom software is free and friendly to use. 


Basic fabrication skills for precious metals, like successful completion of a basic jewelry fabrication class, like our Jewelry 1 - Basics (online) workshop. Necessary skills include sawing, filing, annealing, and finishing.


Joe Silvera

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. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

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.

For classes that include work time, 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. Some classes, like our short demo only classes, don't require tools or materials to attend. 

We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to move forward and adapt to the current circumstances for our in person classes and open studios.

We recommend that in person students be vaccinated, but it's not required. 

Face masks are encouraged while at the school, but no longer required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.

If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms that could be COVID, or feel ill, please don't come to class. Contact us for more information. 

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.