Intro to Tab Setting and Solder Inlay: Domed Heart Pendant

Intro to Tab Setting and Solder Inlay: Domed Heart Pendant

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Just in time for Valentine's Day!  In this half-day workshop, a variety of techniques will be covered to create this unique domed copper heart pendant with an inlay of silver solder. 

Students will learn:

  • embossing with wire
  • solder inlay
  • hydraulic die-forming using a matrix die
  • sawing
  • drilling
  • tab-setting of the two pendant parts

We are going to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time so this workshop requires prior experience using both a jeweler's saw-frame to cut shapes from metal and a torch to melt solder. Moreover, the skills you learn during the fabrication of your heart pendant will be applicable to your other projects in the future. 

Prerequisites: Experience sawing metal with a jeweler's saw-frame and safely using a torch

Class is 4 hours with a 30 minute break for lunch. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.

Tools and Materials

Tools will be provided.  Please bring a KN95 or N95 mask for polishing.  If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $6 (limit 1 per person).

Materials kit is $20 (cash or check), with payment directly to instructor.  Materials kit includes metal and studio materials

Cancellation Policy:  Last day to cancel for a full refund is February 5, 2022. We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.

About the instructor, Chris Weston

Chris WestonChris Weston graduated from Haywood Community College in North Carolina with an A.A.S. degree in Professional Crafts/Jewelry. He also has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in TESL/Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.

He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College.

Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association and Life Long Learning. He is currently teaching specialty workshops at Silver Peak Studio.