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 $1.50/gram. Cash or check accepted.
Last day to cancel for a full refund is November 28, 2020.
About the instructor, Chris Weston:
He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.
He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College. Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association, and Life Long Learning, and is currently teaching beginning metalsmithing for Boulder School of Metals.