Explore experimental and conventional approaches to stone setting. Combine traditional and experimental techniques to produce unusual, stone-set jewellery. (Evenings, Tuesdays).
– On this jewellery course we explore traditional and experimental stone setting techniques in order to re-imagine new ways to design jewellery with stones.
The aim of the course is to create designs that begin with the stone as the source of inspiration. How best can you show all off the qualities of your stone?
Firstly we begin with the bare fundamentals of traditional stone setting. Once you understand how to create simple, reliable settings using conventional techniques, you can then adapt these processes to truly honour the spirit of your gemstones.
Since the stone becomes the focus, then we are free to explore design and technique in equal measure.
This course is presented in 3 projects that explore a range of techniques you can employ for creative stone setting.
- Explore setting techniques that use claws. Make a traditional claw setting to understand the principles. Then deconstruct and reconstruct the setting to explore the necessary elements that keep your gemstone secure.
- Work with wax to create a setting for a large stone (pendant or ring).
- Use the delft sand casting technique to set a stone directly into molten metal (pendant or ring).
- Extension Project – Use your project results to create a unique pair of earrings with an experimental stone setting.
Course Tutor: Vicky Forrester
Max student numbers: 10 students
Course Dates: 19 Sept – 21 Nov 2017
Class Times: Tuesday evenings, 6.15 – 9.15 pm
Course Fee: Standard: £260 / Concessions: £225 / Tuesday Extra £430
Materials Kit : Basic materials are included.