In this class you will learn how to design and fabricate a claw or bezel set ring using various metals ( silver & gold (9kt*)) You will learn the basics of designing, hammering, sawing, measuring, sizing, annealing, soldering, filing, and polishing the final piece to display to perfection your stone setting.
The basic stone setting techniques of using hand bezel setting tools, files, measuring, burnishing, finding the true shape of the stone to facilitate getting your desired result. It is so fantastic to show your friends what a fabulous stone you have set in just an afternoon.
Faceted-Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Natural Topaz, Citrine, Kunzite, Apatite, Aquamarine, Garnet. Cabochon-Moonstone, Labarodite, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Crystal, Rose Quartz, Lapis, Prehnite, are included as part of the workshop. I tend to prefer larger prominent stones, but am happy to use any suitable stone you may wish to reset. Small gems under 1/2 carat aren't advised as focal pieces, due to them not being distinctive enough to make a statement.
*9kt gold is included as part of the course. 14k or 18k is available but will have to be purchased based on the weight and the spot price on the day.
What you will learn
- The basic stone setting techniques of using hand bezel setting tools, files, measuring, burnishing, finding the true shape of the stone to facilitate getting your desired result.
- The basics of designing and constructing a ring.
- Learn the technique to set your Gemstone in either a bezel or claw setting.
What you will get
- You will leave with your lovely set Gemstone ring!
What to bring
- Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear
Comfy clothing and enclosed shoes.
This is for anyone who wants to learn to set stones!
Masterful Makers - Luxury DIY Workshops.
The Art of being a maker!
Makers take raw materials and transform them into objects of desire.
It is an art form, it is a craft, and it can be learned!
Come and experience a workshop with Masterful Makers. In as little as 2 hours you can walk out with a piece of handmade jewellery, luxurious leather bag, stunning knotted mala or your own personalized luxury skincare products. All designed and crafted by you!
Let me introduce myself, I am Victoria White, a one-woman dynamo/mad scientist/designer & maker of crafts. I am the owner of Masterful Makers and offer boutique workshops from my studio.
My love for art, the history of man and pretty shiny things came together while being pregnant with my daughter and working for the Museum of African American Art in Florida. I fell in love with African trade beads. They were historical in context and heavy with human drama. They were an artefact, an antique and pretty. Pairing the few trade beads I had with semi-precious stones and sterling silver wire I began to make my first wrapped earrings. It was very therapeutic and relaxing, until my husband (at the time) saw the box of earrings I had made and took them to work. He returned that afternoon and presented me with a box of money, after having sold them all to his work colleagues! And that is how all this madness began.
That was a bit over 25 years ago. And here we are now!
I have my BA in art history and a Diploma in Visual Arts and Silversmithing.
I use my workshops to pass on my skills and knowledge so that you too will see just how enjoyable being a Maker can be. Coming away with personally designed and created pieces!
I am Victoria White and Making is my passion, let me make it yours as well!
Come and experience a Masterful Makers Workshop!