Capture setting stones — no solder involved. Beginning with basic materials — two sheets of copper and a cabochon stone — texture the front piece of your pendant using various texturing techniques including hammers, stamps, and the rolling mill. After cutting an opening for the stone, learn about micro fasteners — very small screws, washers, and nuts. Using the same principles as riveting, learn how to drill the proper sized holes, use spacers and, most importantly, how to attach the front piece to the back piece with your stone trapped between.
Move on to a second pendant, this time using either another a cabochon or a faceted stone. Delve further into methods of creating depth by recessing the stone into the face piece and back piece and using rivets to complete the capture. Deb will demonstrate riveting, but you can continue to use micro-fasteners. YouÕll learn various texturing methods, drilling holes, annealing, using a disc cutter and dapping punches, using micro-fasteners, riveting, and liver of sulphur patina.
Materials fee includes copper sheet and wire, cabochons and faceted stones, micro-fasteners, finished rivets, various types of spacers, and consumables.
A note on metals:
In class we will be using copper sheet, copper wire, brass micro-fasteners and brass or copper riveting materials. We use copper for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is cost. It is relatively inexpensive, which allows you to learn new skills, make mistakes and experiment without concern over cost or waste. Everything covered in class can be made with other metals. For example, some of the pieces shown here are in silver but could equally be done in copper. If you would like to make a piece from silver, please bring the equivalent of two pieces of 22 gauge sterling silver, each around 1.5″ to 2″ square. If you would like to use silver rivets bring at least 6″ of 18 gauge silver wire.
Level Beginner and above
Class Size 8
Instructor Deborah Donaghue
Student Supply List
Tools and equipment are provided. Feel free to bring your own hand tools.
- Tuition $120
- Materials Fee $15
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