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 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.