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Brooklyn Metal Works

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Whether by new introduction or looking to become more familiar, getting to know this time honored stone setting technique is a worthwhile ef

What You'll Get

Whether by new introduction or looking to become more familiar, getting to know this time honored stone setting technique is a worthwhile effort. The bezel is everyone’s friend. 

Bezels are thin strips of metal that completely encircle a stone to hold it perfectly in place. Both cabochons and faceted stones can be bezel set using different fabrication approaches. Further customizing the shape of the setting allows for the personality of the stone to be revealed. Bezels are strong and secure and with the right adjustments can offer a whole new visual appeal to your jewelry. 

In this 8 session course you will learn how to create a bezel setting for faceted, cabbed, and natural surface stones. We will go over design constraints for various jewelry elements, and how to build a more complex setting with confidence. Curvilinear, straight-sided, cornered, and irregular shapes will be covered along with prong and modified bezel additions. 

As projects are introduced advanced students will have the option to increase the difficulty of their designs. Basic tool modification will be taught. Class discussions will also cover gemstone buying and gemstone resources along with in-class presentations of gem materials. 

This course is for those with basic jewelry fabrication knowledge as well as more advanced practitioners who want an in depth and varied understanding of these techniques. No prior stone setting skills required.


Basic Tool Supply

  • Knife edge pumice or silicone polishing wheel with screw mandrel
  • Saw blades - 2/0 for basic applications 4/0 for fine piercing
  • Small, slim dividers - economy, make sure points can touch
  • Scribe 
  • Drill bits - small twist set
  • Sandpaper grits 220, 320, 400, 600 - 1 sheet of each
  • Split mandrel, non-tapered
  • Needle file set - #4 cut is preferred
  • Bezel pusher
  • Curved steel burnisher
  • Setting burr sized to fit your 3mm or 4mm stone - we will discuss in class if unsure
  • Clear dental wax - from the pharmacy
  • Dental tape - from the pharmacy
  • Bristle end and cup brushes for the flex shaft - soft or hard
  • Hand file (half round or flat, fine cut) 

Metal Supply:

  • 16, 18, 20,22 gauge round wire - 1 ft. lengths of each
  • 2 x 1 mm approximate half round wire - 6” minimum
  • 12 gauge square wire - 6” minimum
  • 18 gauge silver strip - ½” wide minimum, 1 ft. minimum
  • 20 gauge sheet - 3” x 3”  piece
  • 24 gauge silver strip - ⅛” wide
  • Heavy walled tubing sized to fit a  3 or 4 mm stone - we will discuss in class if you are unsure
  • Silver solder sheet or wire - hard, medium, easy 

Students may decide what metal to work in. Sterling silver is recommended.

Optional:

  • Magnifying visor for up close vision
  • 10x triplet loupe
  • Hollow 3-square economy scraper
  • Parallel ring clamp
  • Polishing papers - plastic backed

Gemstones

  • Natural surface stone or found object - can be a crystal cluster (drusy) or anything that has an
  • irregular surface and trimmed edges around the perimeter
  • Cabochon - low to mid rise dome, any style - no smaller than 10 mm - transparent or opaque
  • Geometric - square, rectangular, or pear shaped - cabochon or faceted - no smaller than 12 mm
  • Rose cuts - can be irregular if desired - no smaller than 10 mm
  • Faceted - round 3-4mm and oval 10-12mm pair

Please purchase at least one stone of each type unless otherwise specified. Students may work with non-gem material if desired. Feel free to bring more to class than what is required as it is always good to have extras on hand. Additional materials may need to be purchased for projects as discussed with your instructor.

Class Starting Wednesday, January 22

8 sessions

  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, January 29, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, February 12, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, February 19, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, February 26, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, March 04, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, March 11, 6:30PM- 9:30PM
  • Wednesday, March 18, 6:30PM- 9:30PM

No class February 5

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