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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 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 20 or 18 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
Kit of materials, full color handout and use of tools included.
A kit of materials to make the sample projects is included. Students may bring stones to set that will work with the techniques shown and materials in the kit. Stones are available for purchase during class.
Basic jewelry skills, like completion of a Basic Jewelry course at Silvera Jewelry School, or equivalent skills like soldering jewelry, sawing, filing and polishing. Intro courses (like Intro to Soldering) are not sufficient for the prerequisites.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley