Cabochons are gemstone that have been shaped and polished to be a dome shape on the top and are usually flat on the bottom.
In this empowering weekly class, students will have 10 weeks to learn how to cut their very own cabochons out of rough stone using tools specific to the craft, such as the trim saw and cabbing machine. Focus will be placed on safely slicing rough stones, shaping them into round, ovular, square, rectangular, or oblong shapes, and then properly polishing the stones to a final finish.
This class will additionally cover various jewelry applications including how to form and set a bezel for various shapes of stones, as well as how to turn bezel-set cabochons into wearable pieces of jewelry, including rings, earrings, necklaces, and more! Jewelry 1 skills will NOT be covered in this course, though there will be some overlap in terms of the bezel setting technique.
Allie is a Santa Clarita, CA native. During her younger years, she and her family rooted in a quaint town outside of Boston, MA. Allie later went on to attend Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where she graduated with a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing.
Started in January 2020, Allie Keast Jewelry emerged as a creative means to capture and transform the many beautiful elements that surround and influence us. Inspired by her love of collecting ephemera; jewelry making has facilitated her desire to give these findings a new life.
Each piece is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted to last, using hand sourced and recycled materials from all over, but predominantly from the Northern East Coast.
Allie's work has been featured in Milano Jewelry Drops, MassArt and the Fuller Craft Museum. You can catch her at various Artisan Markets selling her work throughout New England.
When Allie isn't in her studio, you can find her scurrying the New England sea shores for lost shells and stones, or lounging with her best bud and ANK mascot, Rusty the bearded dragon.
Visit www.alliekeastjewelry.com to view Allie's work.
There is a $80 materials fee for this course payable upon registration. The materials kit includes 3"x3" sterling silver sheet metal (22g), sterling silver round wire (10g, 14g, 18g, 20g), fine silver bezel wire (26g), snap-on mandrel, snap-on sanding discs (320 and 220 grits), sawblades, screw mandrel, radial discs (400 grit), silicone polishing wheel.
Allie will be bringing her own collections of rough stones for each students to pick from. Pricing will be determined by the type of stone, size of the stone, and how many stones students want to purchase. Students can additionally bring in their own stones.
any of their own rough stones
notebook or sketchpad
pen or pencil
closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio
lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave