Wednesday, June 14, 2023
6:00 - 8:00 pm PDT
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.
This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.
Pearls and half-drilled gemstones can be a lovely and magical addition to jewelry designs. Pearls can be elegant, sexy, flirty, and fun, but are also fragile delicate things that have to be set in a way that protects their delicate surface. We will show you how to create a variety of unique settings for pearls, half-drilled gems, and carved stones that will show them off and protect them. By creating a post setting, pearls and other half-drilled stones can be supported and mechanically secured to the work in unique ways.
Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently.
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.
A wide variety of wire gauges and wire profiles afford the student a broader range of experience and design possibilities. Wire profiles, like round square, half-round, triangle, and rectangle wire, are great for adding depth to your visual vocabulary. You can use these to create bands for rings, earrings, and pendants. Students don't need a lot of material to work with to create this setting, a bit of 22-24 gauge sheet and some 20-22 gauge wire is all you’ll need. Plus, of course, a few half-drilled pearls and stones.
It will be necessary to have a soldering setup.
- 22g sheet strip (about 2 inches will be more than enough)
- 18-22 round sterling wire (About 4 inches)
- 6" x 6" soft solderite pads
- Solder pick
- Solder I recommend having a foot of each on hand for general soldering needs. I will also be demonstrating the use of solder paste.
Stones and pearls:
Check on Fire Mountain Gems and Rio Grande for a selection of pearls and half-drilled stones that you would like to use.
Tools and Equipment:
- E6000 Adhesive (or similar) - available at many craft stores.
- Disc Cutter
- Dapping block and punches
- Slide gauge
- Paste flux
- Silicone polishing set
- Pumice wheel set
- 4/0 saw blades
- Small tweezers
- Optivisor Or MegaView Magnifier headset
- Sand/emery/wet-dry paper
- Note-taking and drawing tools