Stud Earring Fabrication

Course Description

About this course

This live, virtual course will focus on fabricating a pair of 4-prong wire-set stud earrings, using 9mm round CZs. In the first session, students will learn how to build their stud earring mountings from silver wire, while the second session will teach them how to properly set their stones. Two of the most widely used setting methods in the industry will be covered - one which caps the ends of the prong wires with round beads and the other which creates pointed ends otherwise known as "claws".

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent via email. 

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that expire after 30 days.

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Steven Parker

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 

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 (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find 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 strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Hand tools (if you do not have the following, you can call Tevel at All Craft):

  • 1 x economy chain nose pliers - 5" (part # 008-0106)
  • 1 x half-round chain pliers (part # 008-04ER)
  • 1 x economy flat nose pliers - 5" (part # 008-0306)
  • 1 x economy bent chain nose - 4.5" (part # 008-0107)
  • 1 x flush cut side cutting pliers
  • 1 x chenier file - 1.25 (part #  047-09)
  • 1 x 3-SQ needle file - 14cm - cut 4 (part # 31.636)
  • 1 x rotary tool - flex shaft or micro-motor
  • 3 x #2 mandrel - for emery discs (part #  060-0202)
  • 2 x emery discs pin hole fine (part # 041-1502)
  • 2 x Panther hart bur - #156C 024 - 2.4mm (part # 77.1125)
  • 2 x Panther cup bur - #77B 013 - 1.3mm (part # 77.2813)
  • 2 x Panther ball bur - #1 005 - 0.5mm
  • 1 x twist drill bit - 0.8mm (part # 004-0860)
  • 1 x twist drill bit - 6.5mm (part # 004-0829)
  • 1 x set of 4 pumice wheels (part # 043-14)
  • 1 x spring dividers (part # 007-0402)
  • 1 x pin vise 0-3mm (part # 014-0403)
  • 1 x tweezers - #3 watchmaker style
  • 1 x saw frame (part # 002-0102)
  • 1 x pack of sawblades - 4/0 
  • 1 x thrumming cord or soft cotton twine
  • 1 x 1lb bar tripoli (part # 040-01)
  • 1 x red rouge (part # 040-0902)
  • 1 x polishing buff set (part # 039-2101)
  • 1 x magnification - if needed - Maxi View, optivisors, loupe, etc.
  • 1 x shellac stick
  • 1 x shellac
  • 1 x 4oz alcohol lamp (part # 14.286)
  • 1 x torch - instructor will demo on Japanese Prince Butane
  • 1 x Firescoff flux OR borax flux if you have pickling supplies

Raw materials (instructor suggests Myron Toback or your preferred vendor):

A soldering setup:

  • 1 x fireproof torch area - steel baking sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon)
  • 1 x soldering surface - Solderite™ pad, fire brick, etc. (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x torch - instructor will demo on Prince Butane (Rio GrandeRio Grande)
  • 1 x cross lock soldering tweezers (Allcraft or Rio Grande)
  • denatured alcohol
  • fan and open window - or ventilation system
  • safety glasses 
  • rags/towels
  • apron

If you have a standard paste/borax flux and not Firescoff flux, you will want: 

  • 1 x copper tongs - for pickle (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x pickle - for non-ferrous metals (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x crock pot or tempered glass container with lid - for pickle (Amazon)
  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing
  • 1 x small brush - for flux

 

Tuition

$225.00

Instructor

Steven Parker

Dates

March 3 -10, 2021

Weekly on Wednesday

Time

4:00 PM -7:00 PM

Length

2 weeks

Level 
Intermediate and above
Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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