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Tube Settings: Basics and Beyond

Tube settings for faceted stones add delightful pops of brilliance and color to your jewelry. In this demo-focused virtual class, students will learn to make tube settings for round faceted stones. Once the basics of cutting and setting stones in traditional tube settings have been mastered on both flat surfaces as well as ring shanks, we will explore how tube settings can be used in novel ways. For example, learn how to make a non-traditional, but fully functional hinge using tube settings. We will also explore examples of other creative applications for tube settings.

Meet the instructor

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Charity Hall is an enamelist and metalsmith in Blacksburg, VA. Using metal, enamel, found objects and gemstones, she creates a diverse array of biologically inspired jewelry. As a former botanist, Hall is interested in the intricate relationships between art and science. She completed her MFA in Metal Design at East Carolina University in 2008 and taught Metalworking and Design at Pima Community College. In 2013, she moved to Blacksburg, VA and began a full time studio practice. The allure of science remains strong, influencing every piece she creates, and she still roams the forests and mountains, collecting specimens for natural history museums. Her work appears in American Craft MagazineBehind the BroochHumor in CraftNew Rings: 500 Designs from Around the World, and 500 Enameled Objects, and she was a contributing author for Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of juried and solo exhibitions. She teaches jewelry and enameling workshops at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Penland School of Crafts, the Carpenter Enamel Art Foundation, and many other universities, craft schools, and guilds around the United States. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Visit www.charityhall.com to see Charity's work!

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 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 materials (note the rectangular wire can be subbed by any other sterling wire you want to use as a ring shank and natural stone can be used as long as the size is accurate):

  • 12" x sterling heavy wall tubing - 3mm OD (Rio Grande)

  • 1"x6" x sterling silver sheet - 24g (Rio Grande)

  • 6" x sterling rectangular wire - 3mm x 1mm (Rio Grande)

  • 3" x sterling round wire - 12g (Rio Grande)

  • 5 x round faceted machine-cut stone - 2.5mm (Rio Grande)


Hand tools:


Torch setup:


Other/miscellaneous materials:

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window or ventilation system

  • safety glasses

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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