Beyond the Bezel explores a creative approach to highlight the stone in any piece of jewelry. Learn exciting, outside-of-the-box stone setting techniques using freeform cabochons and a combination of metals including sterling silver, brass, and copper. At the end of this one day workshop each student will complete a beautifully unique piece.
We Will Cover:
- Designing for your free form stone
- Measuring sheet for backing plates
- Tab construction
- Simple prong soldering
- Setting a stone
- Bail fabrication
- Polishing and finishing
Class duration 8 hrs with a 30 minute break for lunch
Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent
Tools needed: You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is for filtering out small particulates that are formed when metalsmithing.
Materials Fee: A base materials fee is $25 which will include the metal for the pendant and studio materials. A selection of stones will be available for purchase at the beginning of class. Silver will be charged at $1.50/gram. Cash or check accepted.
Last day to cancel for a full refund is October 16, 2021
About the instructor, Liz Covert:
Liz honed her skills while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in small metals and sculpture. Inspired by the world around her, she continued her education with a Masters in Cultural Studies. Liz’s extensive experience in metal work includes welding, blacksmithing, and a career in sculpture conservation. Her teaching background ranges from first grade art classes to private jewelry lessons and has spanned over a decade.
Liz is the owner and creator behind Covert Metals, a one-woman metal working studio located in Denver, Colorado that has roots reaching from New York to Texas. Covert Metals emphasizes unique one-of-a-kind design that melds contemporary styling with hand-forged detailing.
Some of Liz’s favorite things are printed books and sci-fi in all forms. When she’s not at the bench she’s outside hiking, running, or cycling. Liz also loves food in all forms and flavors, and especially likes to cook. Her work is a reflection of all the things she enjoys wrapped up in the importance of quality over quantity.