Stone Setting Like a Pro – April 8 & 9, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Holly Gage
All Skill Levels
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
335 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
A fantastic stone needs a fantastic setting and in this workshop, that’s exactly what you’ll learn to make. The key to a professionally set stone is with good craftsmanship and a clean, and well-finished bezel. During class, you will learn to make a bezel for a stone of your choice using fine silver bezel wire. The bezel will be attached to a piece which has been designed and fired in class. Afterward, you will attach the bezel to the rest of your piece and prepare for a second firing. Finally, the stone will be set and ready for the final touch. The result will have people wondering, “How did you do that?” So come and join me, and you too will be setting stones like a pro.
To prepare ahead for class, bring a stone or glass cabochon (approximately 15 mm – 30 mm) or purchase during the class. Faceted stones, cabs or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregularly shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this technique.
You may also want to work out your design on paper and bring it to class, or you may work on your design while in class. Your design should leave room for the stone with no elements overlapping the stone. For your first time trying this technique keep the design simple, but don’t worry, I’ll provide some ideas and design guidance during class.
Students should bring: Basic Metal Clay tool kit (also available to borrow at class), bring your favorite metal clays tools, texturizers, and a polishing cloth if you have one.
A materials fee of $80 is included in the tuition.
Kit includes 25 g Fine Silver Metal Clay, shared use Art Clay Oil Paste® 1 g, Fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers.