July 2 - July 30
Class Description

In this 5 session course students will explore variations in setting large scale gemstones as pendants. Working with stones that are at least 3 centimeters in size, students will become familiar with the specific issues that arise when fabricating and setting larger stones. Increasing the size of a setting brings new problems that aren’t apparent in smaller settings. Among these are material conservation to keep costs down, weight issues for wearability, how pieces will sit on the body, and balance in the overall design of jewelry elements.

Technical considerations also shift when determining structural aspects like metal gauges, material profiles, heating and soldering issues, and specific approaches to setting.

For this class students will build settings using bezel wire, sheet metal and round wire. Three approaches for different types of gemstone cuts will be taught and other style variations will be discussed. Students should bring stones requested on the supply list as well as any others they have on hand to be considered for setting. Students may also work with non-gem material if desired.

Fitting, sawing, filing and delicate soldering applications will be emphasized. Patination and surface finishing will be covered as well as some tool modification. This course will help students become more precise with the creation of their settings, while giving versatility to their designs.

Basic metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills required.

Taught by Erin S. Daily
Prices for Classes
All students receive a 50% discount on hourly and daily bench rentals throughout the duration of their course.
Refunds & Credit

Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 5% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.