A lot of us are used to creating around a stone or cabochon that we already have. The stone size, shape, type, and color can be the inspiration for how we create. When we have the ability to grind and shape our own stone, the possibilities in design vastly widen.
In this workshop, we will learn how to approach fabrication from a different perspective and create a piece where the design is unlimited by stone shape. This can become a base component for multiple types of jewelry to use again and again (ring, necklace, bolo, bracelet, etc.), and the approach can set you up for production, or with the intention of creating a “line” of jewelry that uses the same design elements.
The first day will be focused on building/fabricating our component in such a way that it can take stone inlay, and day two will be focused on stone.
We will have flexibility in the type of jewelry piece you want to create. Please decide ahead of time which ONE piece you will be creating and acquire materials accordingly.
ALL PIECES: at least 1” x 1” of 20 gauge sterling sheet
at least 3” x 3” of 24 gauge sterling sheet
+ for bolo: at least 3” length of 4mm tubing with at least 2.5mm opening
36”-38” length of 2mm or 2.25mm chain of your choice
+ for pendant: style and size chain of your choice for length you prefer
at least ½” length tubing with inside diameter big enough for your chain
+ for ring: material for your preference of ring shank
(half round, low dome, round wire, or sheet to accommodate your ring size)
+ for cuff: at least 6” of 5mm – 7mm wide half round wire
Tool list: jeweler’s saw, 2/0 sawblades, beeswax, set of needle files, large #2 flat file, ruler, sharpie, flat pliers, half round and flat forming pliers, apron, face mask, eye protection