Fundamentals of Round Faceted Stone Setting: A Two-Week Intensive
Monday, October 23 to Friday, November 3, 8:00am-3:00pm, weekdays
This fall, NBSS is offering a unique, hands-on intensive class focused on professional stone setting skills. Starting with technical exercises and moving on to projects of increasing complexity, students will practice cutting seats, securing stones, and finishing with a stone in place.
The course will be taught by Ann Cahoon JM '02, the Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head. "We decided to offer this course to give people access to the professional stone setting skills we teach in a short course format since more and more people are looking for short, intensive hands-on training opportunities," she says.
All students in the course will gain a fundamental understanding of the relationship between a gemstone and its seat, how to cut a seat, how to secure a stone in prongs, and how to safely finish a piece after setting. Additional techniques and styles will be explored as time allows, including undercutting, flush, and bezel setting.
The two-week course is open to anyone, whether you are already a professional jeweler or an advanced hobbyist, and you'll learn alongside full-time jewelry making students at NBSS. You can expect lots of individual attention, and you'll be able to work at your own pace.
Ann shares, "There aren't any other schools or facilities in New England offering this kind of concentrated professional training, and it's all transferable to more advanced techniques. It's a great opportunity for professionals who hope to take their skills to the next level."
Monday, October 23 to Friday, November 3, 2017 No class over the weekend.
8:00 am —3:00 pm.
Instructor: Ann Cahoon JM 02
Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class. All other metals and consumable materials are included in the cost of the class.
*Students must have a strong grasp of intermediate skills, including soldering and polishing without instruction, and comfort at the torch and flex shaft (i.e. accurate drilling). To be considered for this class, you must submit samples of your work for review. Payment for the class will not be due until your work has been approved. Please fill out this course inquiry form first, and we'll be in touch with more instructions.
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