Stone Setting: From Bezels to Prongs

Course Description

About this course

From bezels to prongs, this class is a great opportunity to develop stone setting, fabrication, and soldering skills through a series of technical projects. Open back bezels, bezels made from tubing, flush settings, prong settings, tab and freeform settings will all be demonstrated. Practice small scale soldering, learn to hammer-set stones with a custom tool made in class, and discover some strategies for using assorted grinding and deburring wheels with the flex shaft.

There are several assigned technique-based projects but students who have their own stone setting needs and wish to have access to an instructor for help and guidance are also welcome to join. Planned projects will be done in sterling silver and include a ring with a tube bezel setting, a band ring with 1-3 flush-set stones, and a final project that can be a combination of techniques learned or focus on one technique such as a pendant with an open back bezel or ring with a prong setting.

Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984, and has exhibited throughout the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, showcasing both her jewelry and flatware designs. Joy is a native of New Hampshire, having attended public schools in Manchester and Concord. She was accepted as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen while still in high school. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center and many other schools. Joy also teaches workshops on jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England. She also works as a goldsmith for a local gallery and is enjoying working with high tech tools such as the laser welder.

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution. Joy's work is found in multiple galleries throughout New England, including the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries, Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, Guilford Art Center, Millbrook Gallery, and others.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $60 materials fee payable upon registration.  It includes all the supplies needed for stone setting projects including assorted sizes of cz's and burs, as well as silver tubing, sheet, and materials for creating settings. 

Students should bring 
  • A sketchbook for taking notes
  • Personal hand tools, such as files, pliers, and Optivisors or magnifying lenses.
  • Any loose stones, both cab and faceted, you already have and might like to set.
  • Metal is provided in the kit, but students can bring any silver tubing, bezel, wire and sheet, they already have.

Tuition

$500.00 $475.00
5% discount until August 19

Materials Cost

$60.00

Instructor

Joy Raskin

Dates

September 18 -December 11, 2019

Weekly on Wednesday

Time

1:30 PM -4:30 PM

Length

10 weeks

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

October 9

October 16

November 27

Make-up dates 
December 18
Location 
Metalwerx
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