Creative Stone Setting: concrete epoxy class at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville CO

Creative Stone Setting: Concrete Epoxy

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Unconventional stones and found objects can be a real challenge to set. That's also what makes them so much fun, the chance to "think outside the box" and be unconstrained by traditional settings.

In this 1-day workshop in our newly expanded sunny and spotless school in Louisville, CO, our experienced instructor Chris will guide you through setting a small irregular stone, faceted synthetic spinel, or waterproof found object as shown in the picture. 

Students will learn:

  • making a custom thick bezel ring
  • review of depth and diameter of bezel in relation to stone
  • review of types of concrete
  • how to mix concrete epoxy solution
  • packing concrete
  • properly set stone in concrete epoxy
  • finish setting

Prerequisites: This is an intermediate-level class. Intro to Metalsmithing or equivalent is required as well as the ability to solder, saw, drill, form on a mandrel. 

Class is 8 hours with a 45 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.

Last day to cancel for a full refund is July 10, 2021.

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 fee TBD

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.