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Teardrop Ring with Tube-setting

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Make a great ring featuring a tube-set faceted stone!  The teardrop frames the set stone to close the ring.  This is a great project to expand your command of straightening wire, soldering a long seam, forming with tube, and stone setting on a ring.

Discipline:  Wire-working

Working with precious/semi-precious wire to form jewelry components.

Level:  Advanced (***)

This ring requires a good understanding of how to form the metal so you can solder properly and the tube setting adds difficulty to the ring forming process.

Secondary Discipline:  Soldering

The use of an alloy (solder) to create a join using the heat of a torch.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

The key is in the preparations!  You will need to craft a good “fit” for a secure join.

Tertiary Discipline:  Stone-setting

Capturing a stone with precious metals.

Level: Intermediate (**)

The stone setting is vulnerable in this design which can cause hiccups…

Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $65/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.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:

  • (1) 7″ length of 14ga wire 
  • (1) 5mm tube setting
  • (1) 5mm faceted stone (mohs hardness of 7 or higher please)

I will have kits and stones available for sale in class.

Tools:

  • Jewelry grade file(s) – (good needle files are NEEDED for this)
  • Flush cutter – large one preferred
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine point)
  • Ruler
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48) –Optional
  • Wrap and Tap pliers (Wire Loopers – Beadsmith # PL46 or Eurotool equivalent)
  • Bail making pliers (Beadsmith # PL42 or equivalent)
  • Embossing hammer
  • Steel block and silencing pad
  • Burnishing tool
  • bezel pusher (optional)
  • Rubber jaw vise
  • 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 in class, but bring your own if you wish:

  • stone grabber (sticky tool to transfer stones)
  • Split mandrel/ emery strips
  • finger gauge
  • ring mandrel
  • Pin vise fitted with a 5mm stone setting bur
  • Bur life or other lubricant
  • Basic soldering set-up
  • jel flux/ medium solder
  • honeycomb soldering board
  • 18 ga binding wire for soldering prop
  • Stone setting tool
  • Mallet/ forming hammer
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Cindy’s bender forming tool

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’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.