Saturday, January 21, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
Alternative Stone Setting Series
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
Jewelers make lots of settings with wire. But now can you create unique settings for your stones with the assistance of a basket soldering template. Lion Punch Forge has titanium templates for wire prong settings that can help hold parts while soldering. The standard set includes four basic geometric shapes with 4, 5, 6, & 8-prong templates. There are a ton of set-up options that can create something unique. These soldering templates can be used for so much more as well. During this class, we will focus on the techniques used to make unique settings using wire to create simple prong settings for jewelry. Students will learn by practicing the techniques demonstrated using wire for creating a variety of settings for found objects, cabochons, and faceted stones. Demos will include how to set up complex solderings, adaptive settings, and how to use several wire profiles to make prongs. The focus will be on demos, practicing the techniques, soldering, and construction tricks that help hold the work together. Students are encouraged to bring questions, stones, and LPF Templates.
Prerequisite: soldering skills. To get a refresher on solder, check out the core skills soldering class.
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- Lion Punch Forge Basket Soldering Templates
- 16-20g round sterling wire. (About 2 feet)
- Hold it! Soldering Clay from Rene Ford Metals
- 22g black annealed iron binding wire from the hardware store
- Jeweler saw
- 4/0 saw blades
- Stone setting pliers
- Bent nose pliers
- Small tweezers
- Flush wire cutters
- Cup burs
- Soft charcoal block
- 6" x 6" solderite pads.
- Solder pick
- Solder - Easy, medium, and hard, minimum 3" each
- Paste solder (easy)
- Paste flux
- Needle files
- Silicone polishing set
- Pumice wheel set
- Sandpaper, 200/400/600 grits
Or MegaView Magnifier headset
- Stone assortment from Verzazio
- Safety glasses
- Note-taking and drawing tools