Have you admired beautiful stone jewelry and wanted to learn how to create it? In this class, you will learn how to set a cabochon (a flat-backed rounded stone) into a bezel to create a beautiful sterling silver pendant. Topics will include how to use tools, cutting out a backing with a jeweler's saw, filing, choosing the right wire, measuring, preparing and soldering the setting, and setting the stone itself. A basic knowledge of soldering is recommended for this class. The materials fee will vary depending on the stone selected, and the amount of silver required. (see below) You are also welcome to bring along your own stone: perhaps you're looking for a fresh look for an existing piece of jewelry.
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of soldering is preferred for this class.
As this is a six-hour class from 10:00am to 4:00pm we recommend that you bring your own lunch or snacks. Food may only be eaten upstairs in the kitchenette area. A beverage container in the metalsmithing shop is permissable but must have a lid.
Location: Makers Mill Metalsmithing & Jewelry shop, ground floor
Class Size: minimum 3 and maximum 8 Age Group: 18+
Registration Fee: $80 non-members and $70 for members.
Non-members will be sent a Liability Waiver to sign prior to class.
Materials Fee: this will vary depending on which stone you choose and how much silver is required for your project, between $20 - $40. Materials fee should be made directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class either in cash or by check payable to Deb Ryan.
Instructor: Deb Ryan
Deb Ryan has been a metalsmith hobbyist since 2005, when she began classes at a local Community College and at Snow Farm craft program in Williamsburg, MA. She now has her own studio at home in Wolfeboro, participates in local craft fairs, and is very fond of making Celtic and nature-inspired jewelry. Deb wears several hats at Makers Mill as an instructor and committee member, and is excited to be part of this vibrant, artistic community.