Faceted stone setting, Tube setting
Stone setting is one of the most enjoyable aspects of jewellery making. Our faceted stone setting workshop will introduce you to tube setting. This is one of the easiest ways to set faceted stones.
What is tube setting?
Tube setting faceted stones gives a very visually clean result. It uses a small amount of specialist tools and gives a very professional looking finish. As the name suggests it uses pre – fabricated tubing in the process. The tubing is used as the setting itself with some adaptations made with a couple of specialised tools and techniques. It lends itself to smaller, more intricate jewellery. Small scale faceted stone settings can also be used on larger pieces of work to give a more contemporary design.
What will we do on the day?
During this one day faceted stone setting workshop we will make a piece of jewellery set with a round stone, finished to a high standard. Help and advice regarding the equipment for this style of setting will be given.
All tools and equipment needed for the technique will be included in the price. Along with refreshments and afternoon tea & cake. Materials are extra. You may work in either silver or copper and this will be available to buy on the day from the studio shop. There will also be a selection of glass faceted stones available at 50 pence each. These are perfectly adequate to use for the class as your first attempt. However if you wish to set a precious stone then please bring one with you. During the faceted stone setting day we will be setting a 5.5mm stone and if you bring your own stone it must be this size. Please contact us for clarification if you are unsure what stone to buy.
At Lunch time;
We are adjacent to the Chesterfield Canal where lunch may be purchased from the cafe or a pack up may be eaten at the picnic site. There is also a Morrisons supermarket close by with a cafe, cash point, etc. The studio is closed and locked over the lunch break and it is fine to leave any belongings if you wish.
Who can attend?
Previous experience of rub over setting for cabochon stones would be useful. But it is not essential. However, tube setting faceted stones requires accurate construction. Therefore this workshop is not open to beginners. You will need to be fairly competent at basic jewellery making techniques in order to attend. This includes soldering, forming techniques and finishing.
Anyone who has previously completed the Beginner’s jewellery making class and / or the Beginner’s stone setting class may attend. Students from other centres, or individuals practising at home who have competent jewellery making skills, are welcome to attend.
It is up to you to make sure you book the correct course for your ability level. We do not offer refunds or transfers from specialist classes. Please call, e-mail or check the terms & conditions of booking if you are unsure.