Expand your skill set in the world of gemstone jewelry in our professional metalsmithing jewelry school in Louisville! In this 6 hour class, you will learn how to set faceted stones into tube settings, which gives a clean and modern look to your jewelry designs. At the end of class, you will have completed a pair of faceted stone earrings or two pendants.
We will cover:
- Tube setting: overview, sizing, and fitting
- Stone selection
- Measuring stones
- Forming metal
- Texturing metal
- Soldering tube settings
- Faceted stone setting in tube setting
Class is 6 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.
Prerequisite: Metals 1 or equivalent
Last day to cancel for a full refund is October 17, 2021.
Tools and Materials
Tools needed: You will need to bring your own KN95 or N95 mask to use while polishing. If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $6 (limit 1 per person).
Materials Fee is $30 which includes the silver sheet, tube settings, and studio fee. A selection of stones will be available for purchase for an additional $10 at the beginning of class or you can bring your own 5 mm round faceted stones. Cash or check accepted.
About the instructor, Jen Lesea-Ames:
A former exercise physiologist and triathlete, Jen retired from her fitness career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014. Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now called Denver Jewelry Studio).
A rock-hound since childhood, when Jen learned how to incorporate stones into her jewelry designs, it was a complete game-changer for her. She now is a full-time jewelry designer and metalsmith, and has over 30 stores carrying her work across the country. She is currently pursuing her Graduate Gemologist certificate at GIA.
Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in her teaching style, and she best connects with those who share the joy in learning new skills in metalsmithing.
As the creative visionary behind Silver Peak Studio, it is her intention to provide a safe, clean, professional and FUN environment where students can grow in metalsmithing and in business.
A few of Jen's favorite things: cats, pizza, and outdoor adventures.