Band Ring with Bezel Setting
(registration instructions below)
Make a statement with this bezel set stone on a ring! We will use low dome wire to create a band ring and then we will use a pre-fabricated oval bezel setting to secure a stone on top. This project is a great way to experience the art of bezel setting without the need to craft your own cup. Understanding how the setting process works will help to educate you to choose appropriate stones for making custom bezels. This project also highlights the use of multiple solder joins in the same project.
The use of an alloy (solder) to create a join using the heat of a torch.
Level: Advanced (***)
This is a great skills class for mutiple solder joins.
Secondary Discipline: Stone-setting
Capturing a stone with precious metals.
Level: Intermediate (**)
The pre-fab calibrated cup and stone allow for the focus to be on how to capture (or set) the stone, but with the setting on a ring band, you will need to be careful of how and where you apply pressure.
Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.
This class is not on the schedule at this time. If you are interested in taking it, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest and availability.
How do I sign up?
Class will be $65/person. E-mail email@example.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.
What will I need to bring to class?
Project Materials: (Kit available in class for $11)
- .75″ x .625″ piece of 22ga silver sheet
- 3″ length of #5 low dome silver wire
- 10 x 14mm onyx cabochon
- 10 x 14mm bezel cup
Tools: (please inquire about tool rental if you are not equipped)
- Jewelry grade file(s) (Swiss made #4 cut half round recommended)
- Flush cutter (large)
- Sharpie marker (fine point)
- Chain-nose jewelry pliers
- Flat-nose jewelry pliers
- Wrap n’ Tap pliers
- bezel pusher
- bezel rocker/roller
- burnishing tool
- Ring clamp or rubber jaw vise
- Metal shears
- Emery paper 400 or 600 grit
- Sanding sponges/Slurry coated polishing cloths
- Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
- Covered water or other refreshing beverage
- Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂
The following will be provided for your use in class:
- basic soldering set-up
- medium and hard silver solder
- Jel flux
- Battern’s liquid flux
- bamboo skewers
- a nickel (the coin)
- third hand
- Digital caliper
- Ring sizing ruler
- Finger gauge set
- Ring mandrel
- Engineer’s square
- Plastic forming hammer
The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D Silver, SJ Jewelry Supply, Lonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.