Channel setting is the method of suspending stones between two bars or strips of metal called channels. The stones are protected by the sides of the metal bands that hold them in place. When selecting stones for channel setting, they must be the same size and shape in order to achieve a uniform look.
Round stones are the most common shape for channel setting, although princess cut (square) and rectangular (baguette) stones are also popular choices. In this workshop, John will teach this technique using round 2.5mm CZ faceted gemstones in a pre-made wheel designed specifically for practicing this technique.
A $45 Kit Fee is included in your Tuition and includes the wheel and 28 2.5mm CZs.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
German Dividers with Replaceable Tips (Rio Grande item #116224)
GRS® C-Max® Tapered Flat Graver, #41 (Rio Grande item #118640)
Half-Head Wood Graver Tool Handle, Pkg/3 (Rio Grande item #118042)