Complex Bezel Settings

Course Description

About this course

Bezel setting is a simple, yet attractive method of setting cabochons or other stones and is a relatively simple process to learn when setting basic ovaloids or stones in the round. However, taking this setting to the next level requires a lot more practice and mastery over the technique. In this virtual workshop, students will learn ways to improve their bezel setting skills by setting a cabochon with a sharp edge, as well as setting a delicate cabochon with an unusual convex shape. Bring your stone setting skills to the next level in this informative skill-building virtual workshop! 

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."

 

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials: 

  • 10" x 3/16" fine silver bezel wire - 28g (Rio Grande)
  • 1"x3" x copper or sterling silver sheet - 24g (Rio Grande)

Hand tools: 

Torch setup: 

  • 1 x fireproof area - steel sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon or Home Depot)
  • 1 x Solderite™ pad / pan with pumice (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)
  • 1 x torch - Smith mini, Silversmith, or butane (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)
  • 1 x #0 or #1 torch tip - if getting Silversmith (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x striker or lighter - Silversmith system has one (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x soldering tweezers (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x soldering pick (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x paste flux (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x copper tongs - for pickle (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x 6” silver solder - hard (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x pickle - sodium bisulfate or citric acid (Rio Grande or Amazon)
  • 1 x brass bristle brush (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x crock pot or lidded glass container (Rio Grande or Amazon)
  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing
  • 1 x small brush - for flux
  • 1 x liquid hand soap - for cleaning metal

Other/miscellaneous items:  

  • dust mask
  • fan and open window or ventilation system
  • safety glasses

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

William Vanaria

Dates

August 10 -12, 2021

Time

6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

August 11

Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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