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 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
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.