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Stone Setting | Gypsy Setting

with Elia Rizzo

Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd February | 10.00-16.00 | £200

Gypsy Stone Setting, also known as flush mount, shot or burnish setting, is similar to a bezel setting in that the stone appears to sit flush with the surface metal, but unike a bezel; which protrudes above the piece, with a gypsy setting it is set down into the piece.

On this course you will learn to set stones into a ring with a clean design using this quick and practical technique without requiring a bezel or prongs.

During the three days Elia will teach this technique thorroughly; explaining and demonstrating:
  • how to choose appropriate stones.
  • how to manage very small precious stones professionally.
  • which designs are best suited to this technique.
  • what the appropriate tools are and how to use them.
  • in depth, fool proof step-by-step methods.
  • how to produce and use a specially crafted tool to to achieve a professional result.
  • how to use different methods and tools to secure a ring while executing professional stone settings.
  • how to check your execution of a sucessful stone setting.
  • how to professionally clean and finish a ring with set stones.
  • how to avoid common mistakes and issues related with this technique.
  • how to execute the technique on flat or rounded surface.
The practical exercises will be completed in copper which will be provided. If any participant would rather use silver this is still possible but they must provide their own (advice can be provided on what they will need on request).

This course is ideally suited to those who have been on the Hammer Setting course previously. Email us with your experience if you haven’t done that course but would like to do this one.

Tools and materials will be provided, as will tea, coffee and biscuits. Please bring packed lunches.

Read all about our tutor Elia Rizzo on the Cambridge Art Makers’ course tutors page.

Please note that although this course is in our downstairs workshop, our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at cambridgeartmakers@gmail.com