Perfecting Tube and Flush Settings

Course Description

About this course

Faceted stones add an extra bit of sparkle to a piece of jewelry that is hard to match, however their unique geometry makes them tricker to work with than the standard bezel-set cabochon. In this weekly class, students will learn two of the more common methods for adding stones to jewelry: tube setting and flush settings. Emphasis will be placed on perfecting both of these techniques using multiple sizes of stones, with the final objective of ending the course applying these newly acquired skills into creating a ring that incorporates numerous sizes of tube and flush set gems.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."

 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $65 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes heavy wall sterling silver tubing, thick sterling silver rectangular stock, multiple sized of stone setting burs, multiple sizes of drill bits, multiple sizes of CZs, thick copper sheet, wooden graver handle, steel stock for making flush setting tool, and a mill file. 

Students should bring 
  • closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes
  • any additional metal they want to use

Tuition

$325.00

Materials Cost

$65.00

Instructor

William Vanaria

Dates

February 3 -March 17, 2022

Weekly on Thursday

Time

6:00 PM -9:00 PM

Length

6 weeks

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

February 24

Make-up dates 
March 31
Location 
Metalwerx
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