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Intro to stone Setting




5 Days

About the Course

This journey into gemstone setting techniques with our comprehensive class will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this specialized craft. Through hands-on instruction and personalized guidance, you'll learn how to master the art of setting stones with precision and finesse using cutting-edge tools and equipment.

Class Details:

Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (one hour lunch)

Class Size: Limited to 6 students per class to ensure focused instruction and individual attention.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Preparation Class is required before attending this course.

Course Objectives:

Correct Setup of a Workbench:

  •  Learn the essential elements of a well-equipped workbench and how to organize it efficiently for optimal productivity.

  •   Understand the importance of ergonomics and workspace layout to minimize fatigue and maximize workflow.

Setting up Microscope, Pneumatic Machine, and Tools:

  • Gain proficiency in setting up and calibrating a microscope for detailed inspection and precise stone setting.

  •  Learn the proper setup and operation of a pneumatic machine for controlled and efficient stone setting.

  •  Familiarize yourself with the various setting tools and equipment and their respective functions in the setting process.

Tool Sharpening and Theory:

  •   Master the art of tool sharpening, including understanding sharpening theory and geometry to achieve optimal cutting performance.

  •   Practice sharpening techniques for various setting tools, ensuring sharp and precise edges for practical stone setting.

 Proper Use of Work-Holding Fixtures and Devices:

  •  Learn how to effectively utilize work-holding fixtures and devices to secure workpieces during the setting process.

  •  Explore different types of holding devices and their applications in various setting techniques for enhanced stability and control.

 Layout Techniques for Round Stones:

  • Layout techniques for round stones, including measuring, marking, and positioning for accurate and symmetrical settings.

  •  Understand the principles of stone spacing and alignment to achieve visually appealing and structurally sound arrangements.

Round Stone Fitting and Seat Preparation:

  • Learn the step-by-step process of fitting round stones into prepared seats, ensuring proper alignment and secure placement.

  •  Practice seat preparation techniques to create smooth, level surfaces that securely and precisely accommodate stones.

Setting Techniques Using Round Stones:

  •  Explore various setting techniques for round stones, including prong, flush (gypsy setting), bezel, bead, star, and channel setting.

  • Develop proficiency in each technique through hands-on practice and guided instruction, mastering the nuances of stone placement and securing methods.

Class Projects:

Engage in practical exercises on practice plates and rings to apply learned techniques and refine your skills under the guidance of experienced instructors.

All tools and materials necessary for the class projects are provided, ensuring a seamless learning experience.

Unlock your potential and immerse yourself in the art of gemstone setting with our comprehensive class. Enroll today and embark on a rewarding journey towards mastering this timeless craft.

Please note that course information is subject to change without prior notice.

Your Instructor

GJ Owen

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