Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV358
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to flush setting techniques for round stones, in which stones are set level with the surface of a metal form. There will be an opportunity to practise this technique on a flat and curved surface, to apply your own design and create your own bespoke setting tool.
What will we cover?
- Making your own setting tool, tool care and repair.
- Producing a flat and curved sample to practise flush setting.
- The relationship between the size of stones and the thickness of metal.
- Stone hardnesses and how this is related to this technique.
- Measuring stones accurately using the Vernier gauge
- The specialist tools needed to set stones level into the metal.
- Your own design ideas and their suitability for flush setting.
- There will be extension exercises in tube setting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Flush set round facetted gemstones into the surface of metal
- Make and adapt your own setting tools
- Measure using the Vernier gauge (callipers)
- Identify the tools needed to flush set stones
- Identify the suitability of your design for flush setting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for people who are reasonably confident in basic jewellery making skills – able to cut, file and join metal. You do not have to have had any experience of stone setting.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety
information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to
do simple measurements and calculations.
If you need to check your level, please contact Visual Arts on 0207 492 2700.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstrations and photographic examples of jewellery that show how the above skills
are developed. Support and advice by the tutor will be given throughout the whole course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides most of the basic tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making.
We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals (copper and brass), chemicals and sundries.
If you would like to further develop the technique you will be guided on where to buy gemstones and silver if required.
We will provide saw blades, sandpaper, burrs and various cubic zirconia gemstones for you to practice with.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 308. For health and safety reasons, no sandals, open
shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather. Please bring your own apron and safety glasses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our current offer for complemtary courses.
Studied at Plymouth College of Art, Middlesex University and Harrow College. Teaching Specialisms are press forming, casting/wax carving, stone mounting/setting and tool making. Rae has taught at many London Colleges including London Met, Newham College and Citylit. Rae has exhibited at Goldsmiths Hall, New Ashgate Gallery and Electrum Gallery to name a few. His commissioned work has included clients such as Next, Smash Hits music awards, prototyping for Vivienne Westwood and more recently, restoration of the original architectural model of the Sydney Opera House for the Engineering the World exhibition at the V+A. and hundreds of individual commissions through his shop. Crafts Council Selected maker. Rae is also a trained musical instrument maker, specialising in violins, violas, classical and flamenco guitars.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.