Pearl Statement Ring

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Pearl Statment Ring

Level
Intermediate
Session
3 hours
Description
Fresh water pearls, delicately placed on a ring to create a harmonic marriage with silver. Fashioned together through soldering, forging and shaping you will make a statement.

Tools

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

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

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

    Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
  • Chasing Hammer

    Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
  • Tool Fine Tweezers

    Fine Tweezers

    Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

  • Soldering Pick

    A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
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