Survey of Stone Setting

This fast-paced, primarily demonstration style course will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques including a basic bezel for cabochons; prong and flush settings for faceted stones; pedestal settings; tube, post, and bar settings for multiple stones; capture sets; and a few ideas for how to set unusual shaped stones or found objects. Soldering setups and finishing tips, as well as and overview of tools and equipment that make setting easier and provide professional finishes will be introduced in this comprehensive and valuable class. For those with experience it may provide some review and/or a critical missing link of information. For beginning students this course will offer an excellent overview of what is possible with stones and simple techniques to jump in and try.  All levels, basic metal working helpful.

Prerequisites:
  • All levels, basic metal working helpful
Materials Included:
  • -Copper sheet and wire for samples, solder and flux
Students Must Bring:
  • Materials needed for this class will depend upon the scale of your projects and what you chose to set. Copper can be substituted for most samples however if you want to work in silver you will need to provide it. Below is a list of items you may want to have on hand. Some items are available for purchase at Danaca Design others must be mail ordered. Materials can be purchased during the course of the class. It is not necessary to have all these materials the first night of class!

    -A selection of sterling wire, 16g-20ga round (available at the studio store)
    -About a square inch or so of 16g-20g sterling sheet (18g-20gavailable in studio store)
    -1mm x2mm or 1mm x3mm rectangle sterling wire
    -A couple feet each of half round and double half round
    -Cabochons (available in studio store)
    -1' 18ga square wire and 6" of 3mm square wire (can be made in class)
    -Rounds faceted stones like cz's
    -Shells and fascinating found objects