Creative stone setting class
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Creative Stone Setting: Kinetic Pendant

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Unconventional stones 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 fairly large, undrilled gem ball. We will use it as the jumping off point for the two design challenges:

  • Set the gem ball in a non-traditional manner, and
  • Incorporate intentional looseness in the setting so the gem ball remains kinetic, and therefore free to move within its setting. 

We will use the gem ball's size/geometry as a guide for fabricating a three-piece setting to be soldered together, then mandrel-formed to fit the stone. 

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 7 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 June 18, 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.