Unique Settings for Stones and Found Objects

  • Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
  • Six nights, 6:30 – 9:30, or Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Break away from the ordinary bezel and explore simple yet uncommon and fabulous holding systems for cabochons, large faceted stones, enamels, and interesting found objects. This class focuses on choosing the right setting for the piece, soldering, and valuable construction tricks—like how to hold work together while creating these unique settings. Using a variety of wire shapes and basic sheet metal, students will learn to construct settings for all kinds of wearable art. Proper use of setting burs and the introduction of special stone setting tools will be demonstrated. Students must bring stones or other objects to works with in class. The use of unusual cut or uncut stones, enamels, and other found objects is highly encouraged. Basic metal working experience necessary. Note: students enrolled in multiple week classes are welcome and encouraged to attend Practice Hours.

Prerequisites:
  • Basic metal working experience necessary.
Students Must Bring:
  • -Solder, hard, medium and easy (available in studio store)
    -Stones and/or objects to work with (stones available in studio store)
    -Sterling silver wire, a variety of shapes and sizes is nice to work with including square and rectangle (round wire, 20g -10g available in studio store)
    -Sterling silver sheet, 20g-24g (available in studio store)
    Note: it is not necessary to come the first night with everything on this list. Class needs will be discussed in class and evolve as the class progresses.
Students May Bring:
  • -Personal handtools
    -A sketch book
    -Additional magnification