Creating Stone Settings: Baskets and Bezel Blocks with Jeff Georgantes
This class will combine two most requested settings projects, how to make your own basket settings and how to use bezel blocks. Participants will not only learn how to fabricate the settings but will also how learn how to set round and oval faceted stones. First, we’ll do a series of exercises that will teach the core principles of stone setting, then we’ll move forward into how to use premade jigs to simplify the basket setting fabrication process. Tips on how to build your own basket setting jigs for custom sizes will also be presented. We’ll not only show how to solder these settings together, but also how a laser welder or precision arc welder can simplify the process if one is available. Sunstone Engineering is also supplying a number of Orion precision pulse arc welders for participants to utilize and explore.
Making a tapered tube setting can be a frustrating shape to fabricate using traditional methods. Bezel blocks make the process be super easy! We’ll show how you can use bezel blocks to create complicated settings in minutes and with very little effort. Bezel blocks can be used to make bezel settings, tapered tubes, prong settings and wax settings for casting.
Participants will have the option to make a finished pendant or ring with the settings that are created. This workshop is limited to only eight students. Tools will be available for use.
Friday, August 30 – Saturday, August 31 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This class is open to beginners, but basic metalworking and soldering experience is required. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $450 Materials Fee: $30 payable to the artist
Instructor: *visiting artist* Jeff Georgantes
(Save 5% on your class fee when you register by June 30)
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Visiting artist Jeff Georgantes has a MFA in Jewelry/Metals from CSU, Fullerton and a BA in Art and a MA in Sculpture, both from CSU, Humboldt. He taught Art at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, for fifteen years and has taught numerous visiting artist workshops across the USA. He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from the early 1990s until 2005 when he started his position as head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Jeff has written technical articles for the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and produced many informational You-Tube videos for Otto Frei, Peppe Tools USA, and Foredom Electric Co. His work can be seen in Alan Revere's book, The Art of Jewelry. www.jeffgeorgantes.com