Prerequisite:  Metalsmithing 1


There are a number of stone setting techniques—including faceted stone setting—that often seem complicated when compared to bezel setting. Tube settings are essentially a bezel and are a wonderful way for metalsmiths to ease into the wider world of faceted stone setting. 


In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of building and setting faceted stones in a tube style setting. We will start by soldering and setting a pre-made tube setting so participants can practice working with this technique. Then, we will move on to creating our own settings using both heavy and light wall tubing. The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain enough knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to confidently tube set faceted stones at home.


MATERIALS KIT $30: The Materials Kit is in addition to your tuition* and includes the following:

  • A two-inch length of 3.5 mm OD sterling silver heavy wall tubing
  • A two-inch length of 3.6 mm OD sterling medium wall tubing
  • A two-inch length of 2.0 mm OD sterling silver light wall tubing
  • Three to four lab-created 3 mm faceted sapphires
  • One 3 mm setting bur
  • One 1.02 mm drill bit
  • One 3 mm sterling silver pre-made round tube bezel
  • Some sticky wax 


*NOTE Participants are welcome to opt out of the kit and buy their own tubing and sapphires; however, tubing is usually sold in 12-inch lengths and pricing for all supplies is around $130 plus tax.




Students are responsible for bringing the following items: 

  • 6"or more 14 or 16 gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 6" or more Sterling silver and/or copper wires of choice between 12–18 ga (half-round, square, triangle and/or pattered wire recommended. Rio Grande and Santa Fe Jewelers Supply sell a variety of shapes and gauges)
  • 1 or more 4 mm round cabochon of your choice (Rio Grande and Santa Fe Jewelers Supply have lots to choose from)
  • 1 or more 4 mm sterling silver round bezel cup setting (Rio Grande)
  • Flat needle file
  • Jeweler’s saw frame and 2/0 saw blades
  • Bees wax
  • Metal jeweler’s ruler
  • Bezel roller
  • 4 Sanding sticks with sandpapers (220, 320, 400, 600 grit)
  • Silver Wire Solder: 6" each Extra easy, easy, medium, and hard
  • Black abrasive flat edge wheel (Dedeco makes these)
  • Black abrasive knife edge wheel (Dedeco makes these)
  • 2 Mandrels for abrasive wheels
  • 1 pkg blue, peach, and green bristle disks and mandrels
  • Protective eyewear
  • Face mask or 3M particulate respirator (N95, P95 or better) 


  • 14mm looping pliers (also called Wrap n Tap pliers, made by Eurotool)
  • Brass texture plate (Santa Fe Jewelers Supply has many to choose from)
  • Locking vise grips (if you want to twist wire) 


8 Contact Hours | Studio fee is included in your tuition ($5 value)

Tube Setting Stones: Sat, Nov 12

SKU: 021857
  • Metalsmithing 1