The first in our 2024 Master Series, Suzanne Williams will guide you, step-by-step, in creating your own pendant with an asymmetrical/irregular shaped stone, as well as creating a pair of hinged earrings. Students will leave this class knowing how to create a step bezel for any cut of faceted or irregular/shaped stone, along with creating hinges for earrings or pendants.
Because this is an advanced class, students must have taken Metals 1 and 2 (and Tube Setting Faceted Stones class is recommended) at our school or have equivalent experience. If you're unsure if you meet these requirements, you must be approved by us. Please email us with questions before registering.
We will cover:
- Stone selection
- Measuring stones
- Creating custom step bezels
- Creating hinges
- Forming metal
- Texturing metal
- Soldering tube settings
- Faceted stone setting in tube setting
Class is 8 hours each day 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.
Materials Fee: $35 which pays for the silver and findings, payable to Suzanne Williams via cash or check.
You are welcome to bring any faceted stones you want to use for class,. Suzanne will be bringing a selection of faceted stones available for purchase.
Please note: in Master Series classes, there are no refunds or transfers, unless the class is cancelled by Silver Peak Studio. Please check your calendar carefully before registering.
About the instructor, Suzanne Williams
Suzanne, a Colorado resident, graduated from Colorado State University in 1980 with a degree in printmaking. She later worked as a graphic artist, illustrator, fine artist, and technician in art/bronze casting foundries prior to starting her metalsmithing career in 1990.
She has shown her award-winning work in many art festivals, galleries, and group shows. Suzanne is always working on developing and applying new techniques and approaches to creating her signature 3-dimensional jewelry. This includes building unique gemstone settings to incorporate into her jewelry pieces.
In the last five years she has also been teaching workshops to share her extensive
metalsmithing and design experience with others.