Participants will build on skills learned in Metalsmithing 1 and enhance their jewelry making abilities by learning how to make a 5-6 cabochon stone bracelet with a handmade toggle clasp and charm, followed by a textured ring band with a cabochon stone. Detailed written instructions will be provided.
Techniques covered in this workshop include:
Making multiple pieces at the same time
Making jump rings from scratch
Working with tubing
Fabricating toggle style end clasps
Setting up your work for multiple solders at once
Keeping track of multiple components
Uniformity in setting multiple stones with modern professional finishing techniques
Fabricating a band ring, attaching a bezel, & setting the stone
Using a vibratory tumbler
NOTE: Items linked to supplier websites are in BLUE text below. Get them wherever you like but get the correct item. No substitutions without Instructor’s prior permission! Thanks!
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
5-7 Cabochons, flat bottoms, nickel to quarter sized, any shape, no sharp corners, all same height! (bracelet)
1 Cabochon, flat bottom, for your ring, not smaller than a dime, please, any shape, no sharp corners
2 feet or more plain 26 gauge fine silver bezel, dead soft, for all cabs (height must match stones - need 1mm above girdle line on stone for proper fit, ring might need a different height of bezel) we will check them all 1st morning
2 feet Sterling silver round wire, 16 gauge, dead soft
From Home: 1 twin tip dark colored Sharpie marker, small roll of 1 inch masking tape, whiteout with brush, old towel (not terry cloth) or t-shirt (for polishing on - it will get dirty/destroyed during use), piece of soft leather or suede, package of 1 ¾” T-Pins (from a fabric store or Walmart, by the needles and pins), small container for silver scraps.