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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: 

  • 1x6" 20 gauge Sterling silver sheet, dead soft
  • Silver wire solders, H,M,E,XE
  • Jeweler’s saw frame, 2/0 blades, beeswax
  • Wire cutters, chain nose and flat nose pliers
  • Metal jeweler’s ruler
  • 1/2 round Habilis file, cut #00
  • Round needle file, cut 0 (or get the set here)
  • Sanding Sticks  220, 320, 400, 600 grit 
  • Bezel roller
  • eye protection, clear
  • Optional:  22 or 24 gauge brass texture plate (Cool Tools and Santa Fe Jewelers Supply have these)


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

Tube Setting Stones: Mon, Jan 29

SKU: 025275
  • Metalsmithing 1

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