2022 IN PERSON THE SCULPTED BEZEL class with PAULINE WARG is coming to Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA.for a 3-day on Jan. 14,15,16 from 9-4. Cost is $556
THE SCULPTED BEZEL class with PAULINE WARG is coming to Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA.for a 3-day on Jan. 14,15,16 from 9-4. Cost is $556
In this class students will be instructed on how to measure, form and shape bezels out of sterling or fine silver sheet 22g – 16g. The structural integrity of these heavier, stronger bezels allows one to sculpt and decorate them, creating more dramatic and unique stone settings.
Due to the substance of these bezels, a great deal of time will be spent using a variety of forming pliers for precise bending and shaping to accommodate a wide range of unusually shaped faceted and cabochon stones. Students are encouraged to bring to class any stones tht have presented difficult challenges for setting. Time will be spent problem solving for all types of settings.
These bezels can be carved with files, have prongs applied, sawed to create modulating edges and hammered for textured edges. Use of burs to carve stone setting seats for proper fit will be covered. This type of bezel is strong enough to bridge the span across a ring shank or bracelet without compromising the structural integrity of the piece.
Students will be taught how to hammer set stones. This process makes using heavier gauges of silver easier to close down and creates a lovely burnished edge. They will also be shown and taught how to make more sculptural ring shanks out of heavier gauges og sterling, through forging and filing.
Many examples will be shown and discussed. Handouts will be provided.
*Students should leave the class with one completed ring
-Basic jewelry making vocabulary
-Students should have at least one beginning class for prerequisite.
-Basic soldering, sawing and filing will be very helpful.