Jewellery: stone setting II
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV697
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course builds on the skills covered on the 'Stone Setting 1’ course, further developing your knowledge of how to make mounts and set gem stones, and introducing more complex settings such as claw and collet settings. For those joining the class at this level, there will be refreshers in stone-setting basics but with an emphasis on applying these to your own finished pieces. For continuing from Stone-Setting 1 and those who require an additional challenge we will combine these with additional techniques to realising your own jewellery designs.
What will we cover?
We will look at different mounts for cabochon and cut stones, and how to apply them within a piece of jewellery. For those of you building upon the Stone Setting 1, we will develop claw and collet settings for faceted stones and introduce other alternative methods of production such as wax carving. We'll consider the preparation of stones prior to setting, and guide you through the actual setting of a stone, producing a finished piece of jewellery with a set stone.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make a variety of simple settings for both cabochon and cut stones including claw and collet settings
- Introduction of wax carving as an alternative production method
- Set different shaped gem stones in claw and tube settings
- Finish a minimum of one piece of jewellery with a set stone.
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. You may have already taken our 'Stone Setting 1’ course, although that is not essential.
You must be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstrations and given photographic examples of jewellery made with the skills you are learning. Support and advice by the tutor will be given throughout the 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, such as base metals, chemicals and sundries. However there are some items you need to buy for this course, such as saw blades, emery paper, two to three stones and some silver wire, sheet and tube. The cost will be around £15 depending on your choice of stones. We would recommend that you bring your own needle files if possible. Additionally any precious metals and stones for your specific projects must be provided by you.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For heath and safety reasons no sandals, open shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.
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 online 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.