Expand your skill set in the world of gemstone jewelry with this half-day workshop. You will learn how to set faceted stones into tube settings, which is gives a clean and modern look. At the end of class, students will have completed a pair of faceted stone earrings and if time, allows, a pendant.
We will cover:
- Tube setting: overview, sizing, and fitting
- Stone selection
- Measuring stones
- Forming metal
- Texturing metal
- Soldering tube settings
- Faceted stone setting in tube setting
Class Duration: 4 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 December 6, 2020.
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.
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.
With over 8 years of experience with metalsmithing jewelry, Jen is best known for her Mountain collection, which is sold through the national catalog, Uncommon Goods.