Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Class Detail

Introduction to Stone Setting

Location: Scaife Building

Room: Jewelry

Jul 26-Aug 30, 2012

Meets 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
on Th

Tuition: $210.00
Member Tuition: $185.00
Level: Beg./Int.

Status: This class is completed
Prerequisite: familiarity with basic metalworking processes, such as sawing, filing and soldering. Students will be introduced to two of the most versatile methods of adding stones to silver jewelry: Bezel and Flush settings. Bezel setting is a technique which involves surrounding a stone with a thin rim of metal for mounting on top of a larger piece. Flush setting involves setting smaller round stones, "flush" with the surface of the metal. Techniques involved with each include hammer forging, filing, sawing, forming, torch-work, burnishing and final finishing. Students will work through set projects to create rings, pendants and/or earrings as they learn and master techniques. All tools and equipment provided; silver must be purchased by the student. Silver may be purchased in class (approx. $50, not included in tuition).

Instructor -- Rick Malmstrom
In addition teaching at The Ellis School, Rick has been constructing jewelry (primarily of silver) from his home workbench for about five years. During that time, he has attended some remarkable classes and workshops with noted jewelry artists at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts (PA), the Mendocino Art Center (CA), Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA) and Creative Metalworks (DC).

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