Beginning April 18 this class will evolve into Catch-Clasp Collectibles.
Very individual and full of earthy beauty, this tension bracelet is surprisingly easy to create. Draw or stamp a design onto a copper disc, and allow it to etch while you form a sterling silver band. Doming and soldering complete your etched disc.
Ages 18 and up, or 14-17 with adult. No experience is necessary.
Bezel set cabochons are the bread and butter of set stone jewelry. A thin ribbon of metal matching the perimeter of the stone, is soldered to a matching base, and pressed around the stone’s curves to hold it in place.
Here is an identical ring to the ones completed by this week’s students with the plain round wire ring band replaced with patterned wire, fit to the bezel sides. For this to work, the sizing must be perfect, and the soldering joins to the bezel walls must be delicately torched to prevent total melt-down. The result is worth the effort. Most students chose to stamp initials into their back plates. This ring has the “Grow Peace” stamp as a textured background.
Gallery Bezel, shown here with an 8mm opal, is made from ornate gallery wire in place of a bezel strip. This type of setting is available preformed to fit a range of cabochon sizes, or it can be created from scratch from an assortment of gallery wires. Soldering the delicate basket to its ring shank is a little scary, but the stone setting is a breeze.
Learn to love your jewelry saw—it can do so much for you! This was a very popular ring for those who took this class. Try it for the first time, or give it a whirl again, but this time with a SNOWFLAKE DESIGN.
If you’d like to reserve a kit, request one for the next OPEN STUDIO.