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Faceted gemstones come in all different shapes and sizes and all of them need a setting to keep them safe. In this class you learn to create bezel settings for a variety of different shaped stones and different ways of finishing them. This class is perfect if you want to give the outside of your settings some shape. You start by learning how to make a straight walled setting and then move on to tapered and curved outsides. It’s quick in wax to give the outside a little shape and it brings some personality to your settings. This class doesn’t cover how to set stones, only how to make the settings. A basic knowledge on stone setting is helpful to make the most out of this class.

Techniques covered

  • Deciding on wax thickness based on your stone
  • Draw the outline of the stone on the wax
  • Cut a seat for the stone with ball burrs
  • Cut a seat for the stone with a saw
  • Cut a seat for curves
  • Cut a seat for corners
  • Cleaning up the inside walls of the setting
  • Check setting wall height
  • Finish setting straight walled
  • Finish setting with a rounded back
  • Finish setting with a taper
  • Cut a daylight at the back of the setting
  • Remove wax weight
  • Incorporate stone in a 3D shape: fish and bunny

Tools and materials

  • Wax slices or wax block
  • Faceted gemstones
  • Saw + sawblades
  • Hand files + needle files
  • Callipers
  • Dividers + ruler
  • Scribe
  • Dentist scalpel
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes)
  • Superglue/beeswax
  • Permanent marker

Optional

  • Wax carving tools

What’s included

  • 65 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access
  • 8 instructional videos, around 2.5 hours total
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a setting project
  • Lifetime access to all the material

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Photo of me, Sandy.

Tutor

Hi I’m Sandy. I learned jewellery making, including wax carving, at the school of jewellery in Dublin. After finishing my course, I taught at the school for a year and I also taught a wax carving workshop at Lucy Walker Jewellery in Kuala Lumpur. After learning all the basics of wax carving, I practiced and experimented A LOT. Something didn’t work out the first time I tried it? No problem, just try again (and again and again…) until it does work! Practice really is the only way to get better at something :) I made this class to help you in your wax carving journey. It’s made with love (and some exasperated sighs and curses when things don’t go like I want them to). I love wax carving and I’m excited to teach you!

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