Beachin' Bezels

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Beachin' Bezels

Level
Intermediate
Session
3 hours
Description
Sometimes you just want to see both sides of a stone when you are setting it. This bezel setting technique will show you how to set free-formed stones without a back and at the same time introduce you to Fretz stakes. Students who work quickly will finish two pieces. A selection of glass will be provided to choose from. Additional materials and tools maybe purchased from instructor.

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.
  • 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 Fretz Stake

    Fretz Stakes

     – For the Beachin' Bezels project you will need one of the two stakes shown. Without these stakes you will be unable to complete the project. Additionally, you will need the stake holder to accompany the stake, either the short or long option will work. 

  • Goldsmithing/Planishing/Raising Hammer

    Goldsmithing Hammer – Planishing Hammer – Rounded Raising Hammer – Classes requiring these hammers are utilizing the “blade” end for forming the metal on a wood forming block. Any of one of these hammers will work. 
  • 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.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student Files

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