Unconventional Settings for Unusual Stones and Pearls

Course Description

About this course

This workshop will focus on design concepts and techniques for unusual settings that are applicable for uniquely-shaped stones, pearls, enamals, and found objects. Students will explore an array of methods for fabricating custom settings and discover a veritable treasure trove of tips and tricks to make their studio process more enjoyable.

Morning demonstrations will take up the first part of class each day and then students will have time to work independently. Topics include building basket style prong settings to capture a variety of interesting stones/objects, creating pearl cups for baroque-style pearls, and making tab settings that can be used with large cabochons, oddly shaped pearls or other found objects.

This is a great opportunity for those who have some experience in soldering and fabrication but would like to refine their small scale fabrication skills. Discover shortcuts in construction and new approaches for designing with stones. Students will have the time and opportunity to complete a project during the class.

Paulette Werger is a metalsmith and teacher who works in Lebanon, NH. She sells her work both nationally and internationally and is owner of Metalpeople East, a jewelry and hollow ware studios. She has taught metalsmithing at the University of WI, Montana State University, and at craft schools throughout the country. She serves as trustee for Society of Arts and Crafts and is a former board member of SNAG.

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Paulette will have a variety of Argentium Sterling wire gauges, sheet metal, gold wire, gemstones and pearls for sale during the class. Students are welcome to buy materials as needed. She will also will have a variety of hand tools, dowels, and flex shaft tools available for use during class.

Students Can Bring:

  • Sheet metal and wire you'd like to work with
  • Saw blades
  • A selection of stones, pearls, and found objects you may like to incorporate into your designs.
  • Pieces in progress, failures that need help, and questions about methods for setting objects.
  • Sketchbook and pen/pencil 

Note: The Metalwerx studio has many of these tools available for use during class but if you have your own, you can bring them along so you don't have to share.

  • Pliers: round nose, needle nose, half round/flat, flat jaw, and flush cutting pliers.
  • Jeweler's saw
  • planishing hammer
  • rawhide mallet
  • vise grips
  • bench block/anvil
  • files

Tuition

$530.00 $503.50
5% discount until February 19

Materials Cost

TBD
Payable to instructor in class.

Instructor

Paulette Werger

Dates

March 20 -22, 2020

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

3 days

Location 
Metalwerx
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