Intro to Prong Setting

Intro to Prong Setting

Details

Level: Intermediate      Sessions: 1      Hours: 3.5 hours

Project Overview

Add prong settings to your repertoire! You will learn to set gemstones into a prong setting, as well as remove them. This class will introduce the basics of measuring and notching the setting for the perfect fit! Don’t worry about having the right tools, as they will be included in your kit. Pre-requisite: Must have soldering experience.
 

Tools

  • Bench pin – There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)

  • Tool C-clamp

    C-clamp – to be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. 

  • Cut Lube – Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting. 

  • Tool Flex Shaft

    Flex Shaft – Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Helping Hand/Third Hand – Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Needle File Set – Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.

  • Nylon nose pliers – Flat nose pliers with PVC grips o the heads. Mostly used for straightening wire. In my classes they are used to prevent marring when bending metal. Only required for some classes, but this is mostly an optional item. 

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet – Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.

  • Ring Clamp – Used to hold rings, but some like to use a ring clamp for holding metal when filing to save their hands. Required mostly for stone setting classes to hold the ring shank. 

  • Tool Ring Sizers

    Ring Sizer – Optional, used to measure your ring size. Several sets will be provided to share in class.

  • Tool Round File

    Round File – Used to file curved areas. Round files are gradually tapered, cut and workable to the point. Used where it is necessary to enlarge a hole or round off a radius.

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Ring Mandrel, Steel – Used for shaping and forming metal into rings. A plastic one will not work in its place. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed. 

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Wood Ring Mandrel – Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.