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    Parker.Bead Set Line and Square
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    Parker.Silver Bead Set Earrings
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    Parker.Bead Set Samples

Bead Setting Fundamentals

This workshop introduces bead setting as a technique for securing small stones in metal. Class will start with learning how to set up hand gravers – tools necessary for cutting recesses in metal – to fit our hand, followed by using those gravers to set stones through the raising of small “beads” from the metal surface surrounding the stones. Students will then learn about how to design a mounting for their bead settings, including the important concepts of “ajours” and “underbezels”, as well as basic bead setting format types such as star setting, setting individual stones with bright cut, and setting a line of stones with bright cut.  Note that this workshop does not go into the more advanced “pave setting”. 

Students will prepare brass samples for practicing these techniques, and time permitting will create a simple domed earring in silver such as shown in the photo. 

Meet the instructor

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Steven Parker is a jeweler, having been trained in the techniques and disciplines of classic fine jewelry.    His study of watch and​ clockmaking led him to a quite enjoyable detour into the world of toy design and manufacture where he invented, prototyped, and manufactured various types of electro-mechanical toys and collectibles over the course of a decade before returning to the jewelry industry.  Steven currently works with industry and private clients designing, modeling, and manufacturing jewelry in a wide range of styles and materials.  Believing strongly in giving back, Steven also teaches as adjunct in the Jewelry Design Department at FIT in New York City.


Materials & Tools

There is a $135 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes #5 square graver, #4 onglette graver, #45 flat graver, 33mm round ball graver handles, 12" brass strip, drill bits (1.2mm, 1.5mm, 2.5mm, 3.5mm), 2.2mm ball bur, 2.2mm setting bur, 4.5mm setting bur, 4.5mm cz, large silver sheet, silver wire, silver solder (hard, medium), copper rod, knife edge medium grit pumice wheel, 3/32" screw mandrels, fine abrasive cylinder polisher, diamond sharpening plates. 


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