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    Acebo.silver and gold pendant with clear stones
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    Acebo.gold pendant with clear stones
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    Acebo.gold and silver captured quartz pendant

Captured Quartz & Bimetal Pendant

In this demo-focused virtual class students will learn how to hand fabricate a capsule-style pendant for holding tiny objects like stones, found objects or mementos, or anything else that can fit inside! Student will start by learning how to fuse and mill their very own 18k and silver bimetal, in order to create a two tone pendant for quartz crystals to be set (captured) under a clear crystal layer. Students will then learn to hone their soldering skills with multilayer construction, with emphasis placed on depletion gilding and practicing carefully setting the crystal face within the bimetal pendant.

Students can opt to put alternative materials other than quartz crystals in the pendant, but the contents must be no larger than 2mm and no harder than a 7 on MOHS hardness scale!

Meet the instructor

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Baleigh has tinkered with craft and jewelry since she was a wee adolescent. After pursuing a BFA in Creative Writing she realized she had made a terrible mistake on a very expensive education because what she wanted to do was work with her hands.  She then enrolled in the North Bennet Street School’s Jewelry Making & Repair program in Bahston, MA and everything was good again. Baleigh was technically trained to craft her own tools, fabricate intricate pieces from scratch, handset diamonds & precious gems and repair fine jewelry.

Baleigh is a process jeweler and gets turned on from the problem solving involved in designing intricate pieces and setting weird stones.  Her work employs clean lines, industrial elements & graceful geometry that she finds inspiring from everyday design. Baleigh works out of her home studio that she shares with her husband Alex, along with their three adorable floofs.

Materials & Tools

Students have the opportunity to purchase a captured quartz pendant materials kit, estimated at $205-$225, directly form Baleigh, should they wish to purchase one - click HERE to purchase. Kit will include the following items:

  • 14-15mm sapphire watch crystal 

  • 1" hard and medium silver solder sheet

  • 15mm sq x 24g 18k yellow gold sheet

  • 3" 20g sterling silver wire 

  • 18mm sq x 16 sterling silver sheet 

  • 5mm x .60mm, 2" silver bezel wire

  • 3mm x .60mm, 2"  silver bezel wire

  • steel bird nest for soldering

  • sandpaper barrel 400 grit

  • 1mm drill bit

  • Quartz Crystals or Black Spinel faceted gems


The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw material (if not purchasing kit):

  • metal listed in kit above

  • tiny quartz crystals - around 4cts worth or other materials


Torch setup:

  • 1 x fireproof area - steel sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon or Home Depot)

  • 1 x compressed charcoal block - hard (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x torch - Smith mini, Silversmith, or butane (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)

  • 1 x striker or lighter - Silversmith system has one (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x soldering tweezers (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x soldering pick (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x 3rd arm (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x paste flux (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x copper tongs - for pickle (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x 6” silver solder - hard (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x 6” silver solder - medium (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x pickle - sodium bisulfate or citric acid (Rio Grande or Amazon)

  • 1 x crock pot or lidded glass container (Rio Grande or Amazon)

  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing

  • 1 x small brush - for flux

  • 1 x liquid hand soap - for cleaning metal


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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