What is the course about?
The course is about flush setting faceted gem stones.
What will we cover?
Flush setting techniques for round and oval stones, in which stones are set level with the surface of a metal form.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the techniques involved in flush setting different sizes and shapes of faceted stones.
- use and sharpen spitz sticks and scorpers
- take away least one of the two different shaped stones, having set it using the flush setting technique.
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 - intermediate level.
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.
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?
Build 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, chemicals and sundries.
We will provide saw blades, sandpaper, burrs and various cubic zirconia gemstones for you to practice with. However, you will be encouraged to bring your own stones and burrs on the last day. Advice will be given. Cost £10 approx ( June 11).
We would recommend that you bring your own needle files if possible.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 311. For heath and safety reasons, no sandals, open shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development. These courses, from 17-18 Main Programme might be of particular interest to develop what you learned or your outcomes from this course:
VV984 Introduction to Diamonds
VV697 Jewellery: Intermediate Stone Setting
VV431 Jewellery: Engraving Workshop.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details