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Pearls Apart

Level
Beginner
Session
3 hours
Description
This ring might look simple, but the challenge for this project will be soldering one part of the ring without melting another. We will work through the difficulties of soldering small parts in place while managing not to melt the entire unit. Students must know how to solder silver and make simple rings.

Tools

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

    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.
  • 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.


  • Tool Metal Dap Set

    Metal Dap Set

    Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry.
  • Tool Metal Ruler

    Metal Ruler

    6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
  • Muslin buffing wheels

    Used with a flex shaft or Dremel to polish metal.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Super Grip Gloves

    Optional for all classes, but most have found these very helpful for drilling class and classes that require a lot filing sanding. Not only will they protect your hands, but the grip will allow you to hold onto the stones you are working with.
  • 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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