Soldering – Stone-Setting
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
You will need to bring a cabochon or other flat-backed somewhat durable stone to work with. The thickness of the sheet used for backing your stone depends on how you plan to use the setting as well as the size of your stone. Earrings are typically smaller and you want to keep them as light as possible, so they would use 24ga sheet whereas a pendant would likely be 20 or 22ga sheet. (Please take note that the butane torch limits the size of the project we can tackle. Plan to use 22ga if your stone is larger than a quarter.) You will need a piece of sheet that is at least 1/4″ larger than your stone in both width and length. The prongs also can vary depending on the stone, but in this class we will use 16ga wire. You’ll need approximately 2″ in length, depending on the height of your stone/how long your prongs need to be. Depending on how you plan to use your piece, you will need appropriate jump rings and/or findings to assemble it.
- Jeweler’s saw, bench pin, and 3/0 blades to cut your shape if you want it customized (can be done after class)
- Flush cutters
- Chain nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Steel block/ silencing pad (optional for texturing)
- Texturing hammer(s) (optional for texturing)
- Forming hammer (plastic/nylon or rawhide)
- File(s) – preferably a #4 cut half-round
- Needle files (for refining your prongs if desired)
- Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
- 3M sanding sponges/ slurry coated polishing cloths
- bezel pusher (seasoned)
- burnishing tool
- 1.5mm hole punch (for connection holes)
- 2.5mm round bur fitted in a pin vise (for connection holes)
- twin cut cup burs for the gauge of your prongs if you are refining them
- Silicone lubricant
- 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 tools will be supplied in class for your use:
- Basic soldering set-up
- medium silver solder
- 3+ sets of cross lock tweezers
- Large binder clips (2)
- Paste flux/ brush
- Sanding discs/ AdvantEdge silicone wheels (white/black), split mandrel and emery strips
- flex shaft
- center punch
- drill bit: #55
- Wood block
- Poster putty
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.