Basic Stone Setting Weekend
Basic Stone Setting Weekend
The course will be led by Master Goldsmith, Scott McIntyre. A top class craftsman with over 23 years experience in the trade, he has created amazing pieces for a wide and varied number of workshops across Scotland. A highly skilled stone setter and wax carver, he uses his intense level of training to ensure he’s at the very top of his game. A passion for the passing on of skills and heritage is deep-rooted within Scott’s working ethos. Scott uses the methods he has finely honed over time to ensure that each student leaves his department with an improved skill set and a far greater knowledge of jewellery making. He is Technical Director of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School and Head Goldsmith.
The Basic Stone Setting course is for jewellers looking to enter into the world of stone setting, beginning with the simplest of techniques. On both days there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each style. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found skills. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.
Day 1: Bezel Setting
Setting a round stone into pre-formed tube
Learn to create a bezel setting for a cabochon stone and solder onto a backplate
Build a rubover slider pendant to hang on a chain
Set all stones
Day 2: Claw Setting
Create and set a scalloped claw setting from tapered tube for a round stone
Build and set a four-claw double-gallery setting for a round stone
Unseating the stone
From attending both days consecutively, you will come away with a fantastic understanding of basic stone setting that will lead to the further development of your designs and technical ability. The class is limited to 8 students per class to ensure key concepts are covered and to give maximum one-to-one tuition. You will be shown all the necessary methods to harness the techniques, however please be aware that a certain amount of continual repetition will be required post class to hone the skills. Practice makes perfect!
Vanilla Ink Studios promotes and supports the jewellery sector in Scotland, with the core aim to educate, inspire and empower the industry.
We will provide all the necessary materials and tools needed. You will each have your own bench where we have access to all hand tools, but do feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable.
Please note that you need to have a GOOD UNDERSTANDING of jewellery making. A knowledge of basic jewellery techniques is required. Skills such as SOLDERING, FILING AND SAW PIERCING ARE ESSENTIAL, as is good eyesight in order to take this course. Please bring your own glasses or optivisors. This is for people with basic knowledge of stone setting skills. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
**please note classes may be cancelled due to lack of attendees. In the unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled. If you can not attend the class but someone you know can take your place then please let us know ahead of the class, we can only refund the class if there is at least 3 days notice**
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August
10am-6pm each day.
Tutor: Scott McIntyre.
Vanilla Ink Jewellery School
19 Argyle Court
The Hidden Lane
1103 Argyle Street