Enter the world of gemstone jewelry with this one-day workshop in stone setting. Students will learn how to make custom bezels for cabochons. At the end of class, students will have completed a sterling silver stone pendant with a custom bail.
We will cover:
- Bezel sizing and fitting
- Bezel soldering
- Making bails
- Hammer texturing and stamping
- Cabochon setting
- Polish and finish work
Class Duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch
Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent
Tools needed: You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is for filtering out small particulates that are formed when metalsmithing.
Materials Fee will depend on the stones selected and the amount of silver used. A selection of stones will be available for purchase at the beginning of class. Silver will be charged at $1.50/gram. Cash or check accepted.
Last day to cancel for a full refund is February 27, 2021.
About the instructor, Jen Lesea-Ames:
A former exercise physiologist and triathlete, Jen retired from her fitness career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014. Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now called Denver Jewelry Studio).
A rock-hound since childhood, when Jen learned how to incorporate stones into her jewelry designs, it was a complete game-changer for her. She now is a full-time jewelry designer and metalsmith, and has over 30 stores carrying her work across the country. She is currently pursuing her Graduate Gemologist certificate at GIA.
Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in her teaching style, and she best connects with those who share the joy in learning new skills in metalsmithing.
As the creative visionary behind Silver Peak Studio, it is her intention to provide a safe, clean, professional and FUN environment where students can grow in metalsmithing and in business.
A few of Jen's favorite things: cats, pizza, and outdoor adventures.