Flush Setting - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

This live, virtual workshop will cover flush setting, a technique that involves setting a stone directly into the surface of metal by boring a seat for the stone and then pushing over a thin ribbon of metal with a steel tool, to create a lip that holds the stone in place. This method of stone setting creates a sleek, unobstructed stone setting that lets the stone do all the talking! Students will learn how to make their own steel setting tool, the proper steps for seating the stone, as well as the necessary hand placement and and specific motion needed to push the metal ribbon over the stone.

A rotary device such as a flex shaft that can accept a 3/32" shank is required for this class.

This course will consist of two sessions. There will be a no-class day between each session. 

There will be an Open Studio Hour at 2:00PM Eastern Time on Friday 12/18/20 for extra discussion, troubleshooting, and advice.

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent via email. 

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that expire after 30 days.

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 

To lower expenses for students, the following $10 partial supply kit will be sent to the shipping address you have listed on your Metalwerx account. Kits will be mailed out by December 8th. If you register after this date, you will need to pay for expedited shipping or order the following supplies yourself. Please inform us if you reside outside of the United States, as your shipping cost may differ from the standard shipping included in the materials kit fee and may also need to be expedited. All items listed below are covered by the kit fee.

Students should bring 

Students will also need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already have them, a suggested item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items has been provided below. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. Please order these materials as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the item packaging until the day of the workshop.​

  • 1 x bench pin (Contenti)
  • 1 x rotary hand piece - flex shaft, dremel, etc. (Contenti)
  • 1 x 3mm stone setting bur - item # 340-413-030 (Contenti)
  • 1 x GRS heat treated steel point (Contenti)
  • 1 x mushroom graver handle (Contenti)
  • 1 x 2.261mm drill bit - item # 200-043 (Contenti)
  • 1 x 2.940mm drill bit - item # 200-032 (Contenti)
  • 1 x 7/8" rubberized abrassive wheels - item # 442-617 (Contenti)
  • 1 x screw mandrel - 3/32" shank - item # 214-303 (Contenti)
  • 1 x loupe (Contenti)
  • 1 x center punch (Contenti

In addition to the above items, you will want to have the following items available: 

  • hard work surface
  • fan and open window - or ventilation system
  • safety glasses 
  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook
  • rags/towels
  • hammer - to center punch




William Vanaria


December 15 -17, 2020


4:00 PM -6:00 PM


2 days

Intermediate and above

No Class Dates

December 16

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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