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Heavy Set, bezel setting cut stones

Level
Advanced
Session
6 hours, all day
Description
Bezel setting just grew up. No longer reserved for bezel wire this setting will be constructed from heavy silver stock. From there we will work with a series of burs to create a seat to set the stone. You will need to bring steady hands for this project. Students will choose either a pendant or a ring to make.

Tools

Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
  • Tool Ball Burnisher

    Ball Burnisher

    Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

  • Bench Block

    Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
  • 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.)
  • Bezel Mandrel

    A small steel mandrel used to create round bezel settings, jump rings or other components.
  • Bezel Pusher

    Not a tool I usually use, but from time to time they are helpful. Before using, consider sanding the edges of the tool to create a bevelled edge to reduce marring and scratches.
  • Tool C-clamp

    C-clamp

    To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
  • Curved Burnisher

    Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

  • Cut Lube

    Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
  • Tool Digital Caliper

    Digital Caliper

    Why digital? It is more accurate. This is requested for advanced stone setting classes.
  • Divider

    Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. A compass will NOT work, I already tried.
  • 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

    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.
       
  • Heavy Duty Cutters

    Although any heavy duty cutter will work, if they are flush, they will make your work a lot easier. Cutter should be able to cut through 10g wire. (Many cutters imprint their cutting capacity on the inside of the handle.) Keiba and Xuron are recommended.
  • Helping Hand/Third Hand

    Used to hold small parts in place while soldering. Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Jeweler’s Saw

    Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide 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.


  • Muslin buffing wheels

    Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
  • Nylon nose parallel pliers

    – Parallel action provides even pressure while holding firm. I love using nylon parallel pliers to manipulate my metal. Parallel pliers were my favorite pliers until they made nylon nose parallel pliers. For almost all projects these pliers are optional. You may use regular nylon nose and parallel nylon nose interchangeably.
  • 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 or Task Lamp

    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.
  • 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.
  • Ring Sizer

    Optional, used to measure your ring size. Several sets will be provided to share in class.
  • Soldering Kit

    (Optional) 
    Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

  • Student Files

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

    The advantage of this vise is the 360 degree swivel allowing you to brace a piece and move it in every direction. Classes requiring a vice can be any vice that may be clamped to table. Suction vices will also suffice.
  • Tube Cutting Pliers

    A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes.
  • 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.
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