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Stone Setting 101

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Enter the world of gemstone jewelry with this one-day workshop in stone setting.  Students will learn how to make custom bezels for cabochons and set faceted stones into tube settings.  At the end of class, students will have completed a cabochon pendant and a pair of faceted stone earrings.

We will cover:

  • Bezel sizing and fitting
  • Bezel soldering
  • Making bails
  • Hammer texturing and stamping
  • Cabochon setting
  • Tube setting: overview, sizing, and fitting
  • Forming metal
  • Soldering tube settings
  • Faceted stone setting in tube setting

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 $1.75/gram.  Cash or check accepted.

Last day to cancel for a full refund is October 29, 2020.

About the instructor, Sara McGraw:

Sara McGraw

Sara McGraw graduated from The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. Since then she has explored working in various mediums including painting, film and photography, electronics, drawing, and ceramics before choosing to work mainly in the jewelry and metalsmithing field.

Sara learned her craft through the combination of individual exploration and attending workshops through local Colorado studios and metalsmithing associations. Her primary medium is vitreous enamel but she is constantly growing and evolving as a metalsmith and is not averse to incorporating new metalsmithing techniques into her enamel work. Sara has been fortunate enough to take workshops from nationally renowned metalsmiths, jewelers and enamelists including: Ken Bova, Eric Burris, Harlan Butt, Andy Cooperman, Patsy Croft, Linda Darty, Joanna Gollberg, Anne Havel, Amayak Stephanyan, and Carol Webb.

Sara began instructing students in 2015 and is currently works as a full-time, freelance instructor and metalsmith. She has worked as an instructor for the Denver Jewelry Studio since 2018 and taught a Cloisonné workshop for the Jewelry Club at Arapahoe Community College in February 2020. Sara previously worked as an Office Administrator and Instructor at the Denver School of Metal Arts and was the Shop Support Administrator for Hyde Park Jewelers.