Prerequisite: Metalsmithing  2

 

In this 2-day workshop, Nan will show you how to bezel-set faceted stones using a non-traditional technique.  Traditionally, setting faceted stones requires tube settings, thick back plates or prongs.  In this workshop you will learn the technique of making a bezel set stone using a minimal amount of precious metal. With Nan's technique, you have the freedom to choose thinner gauge metals, and easily set princess, emerald, pear, trillion, round and oval faceted stones.  

 

Make your own unique keepsake with your choice of either fine silver or 22k gold bezel wire.  Bring five stones that are sized 4-5mm, and that are of like or complimentary colors. You may combine shapes, sizes, colors, faceted stones and cabs—the possibilities are endless. 

 

MATERIALS & TOOLS

Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items: 

  • 1x4" Sterling Silver sheet, 24 ga
  • Fine Silver or 22K gold bezel wire (enough for 5 small stones)
  • 18" Sterling Silver or Gold fine chain with clasp
  • Solder: 22k gold (if using) and silver solder in H, M, E
  • Jump rings: small
  • 5 stones, size 4-5mm: can be a mix of shapes, faceted and/or smooth and in like or complementary colors
  • Pliers
  • Saw blades
  • Polishing and sanding wheels for the flexshaft
  • Cutters, scissors
  • Drill bit: small
  • Charcoal Firebrick:  Soft or Hard, larger size, rectangular (Soft requires more maintenance to prevent cracking)
  • Battern’s Flux (Otto Frei #154.402, Contenti)
  • Magnum sanding discs (150, 220, 320 grit) and Snap on Mandrel 3/32 shank 
  • Wite-Out 

 

16 Contact Hours  |  Studio fee included ($10 value)

Alternative Faceted Stone Setting: Wed & Thu, June 15–16

SKU: 020599
$310.00Price
  • Metalsmithing 2