Tube Setting - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

In this live, online workshop, students will learn the tube setting technique, which is a simple and popular way of setting faceted stones inside tubing. This method of stone setting offers a clean aesthetic, makes for a secure fit - offering your stones a lot of protection, and can be done with minimal tools. Tubing preparation, sizing, setting methodology, and various tube setting applications will all be covered. 

This course will consist of 2 session which will each be 2 hours in length. There will be a no-class day between each session. 

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

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

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

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 

Students will need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already have them, a suggested item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items has been provided below. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. Please order these materials as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the packaging until the day of the workshop.

You will need a rotary hand piece for this course. A flex-shaft, micro-motor, or proper Dremel tool will all work.  Only purchase the suggested items below if you do not already have them. Please ask prior to making any substitution.

If you do not have a rotary hand-piece, you can purchase the suggested item(s) below. You will need to hang the motor on a mount or hanger. 

Students should bring 

You will also want to provide the following items: 

  • safety glasses
  • flat work surface
  • 1 x tube cutting jig (Rio Grande) - this item is OPTIONAL




William Vanaria


September 16 -18, 2020


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above

No Class Dates

September 17

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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