Beyond the Basic Bezel with Richard Salley
If you feel you are proficient at setting stones with standard bezel wire (30-26 gauge), it’s time for you to step up to using heavier gauges (20-16 gauge) for your bezels. This will give your settings a more substantial appearance and superior protection for your stones. In this one-day class you will learn to make a “castle” bezel with 18 gauge sterling sheet. You will learn some tips, tools and techniques for fabricating a heavy-wall bezel and how to set the stone. Add a hefty band to your creation and leave with a finished ring at the end of the day. This workshop is limited to only eight students. Tools will be available for use. Students are required to bring a flat-backed, round or oval cabochon of your choosing that will fit on a 1.5” x 1.5” base with sufficient room left around the stone for embellishments (stones will also be available for purchase).
Saturday, June 1 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Intermediate metalsmithing skills required, including soldering and sawing. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $225 (Save 5% on your class fee when you register by April 1)
Kit Fee: $50 payable to the instructor
Instructor: *visiting artist* Richard Salley
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Visiting artist Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to 'found object jewelry' after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.
Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.
Richard's work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry' by Brenda Schweder, 'Steampunk Style Jewelry' by Jean Campbell and 'Metal Style' by Karen Dougherty.
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