There are a number of stone setting techniques in the fields of metal and goldsmithing including faceted stone setting that often seem complicated, and more simple techniques such as bezel setting. For example, tube settings are essentially a bezel and are a wonderful way for metalsmiths to ease into the wider world of faceted stone setting.
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of building and setting faceted stones in a tube style setting. We will start by soldering and setting a pre-made tube setting so participants can practice working with this technique. Then, we will move on to creating our own settings using both heavy and light wall tubing. The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain enough knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to confidently tube set faceted stones at home.
There is a $30 Kit Fee for this workshop. Kits will include:
A two-inch length of 3.5 mm OD sterling silver heavy wall tubing
A two-inch length of 3.6 mm OD sterling medium wall tubing
A two-inch length of 2.0 mm OD sterling silver light wall tubing
Three to four lab-created 3 mm faceted sapphires
One 3 mm setting bur
One 1.02 mm drill bit
One 3 mm sterling silver pre-made round tube bezel
Some sticky wax
Participants are welcome to opt out of the kit and buy their own tubing and sapphires; however, tubing is usually sold in 12-inch lengths and pricing for all supplies is around $130 plus tax.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
1” x 6” 20 gauge Sterling silver sheet, dead soft
1 foot of each hard, medium, easy, extra-easy silver wire solders