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Prong Settings From Start to Finish

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Add high-quality prong settings to all of your future projects with key soldering and wire-forming skills!

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Nancy
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nancy L.T. Hamilton
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Experienced metalsmith Nancy L.T. Hamilton shows you how to make a prong setting and two variations in this must-have primer. You'll begin with a simple tube-and-prong version and learn Nancy's tips for accurately measuring your materials. Discover a jig setup that allows you to to solder prongs to a tube with ease before securely soldering your setting to a ring shank. Then, create a seat and round your prongs to set a faceted gemstone with a secure, precise fit. Next up, craft a basket setting entirely from wire, using Nancy's tried-and-true shaping techniques. Discover valuable sizing tricks as you set your stone, and find out how to file your prongs for a professional-level finish. Finally, conquer your most advanced design yet: the traditional basket setting. By the end of class, you'll have the confidence and the skills to add value to any design with a well-crafted setting.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Simple Prong Setting: Tube & Prongs
Meet Nancy and get started on your first project: a simple prong setting that is actually a combination of a tube and prong setting. Nancy will walk you through the planning and measurement for your setting. See her simple jig that allows you to solder your prongs to your tube with ease and efficiency. By the end of this lesson, your setting will be ready to attach to your ring shank.
2. Simple Prong Setting: Preparing the Setting
3. Simple Prong Setting: Setting the Stone
4. Simple Basket Setting: Creating the Bearing
5. Simple Basket Setting: Preparation for Setting
6. Traditional Basket Setting

Recommended with this class

  • Binding wire, stainless steel, 28-gauge or 30-gauge
  • 5.61 mm heavy- or medium-walled sterling silver tubing, at least 4.5 cm
  • 8 x 2 mm rectangle wire, dead soft or 6 x 2 mm rectangle wire, dead soft

Taught by

Nancy L.T. Hamilton
Nancy L.T. Hamilton
Nancy L.T. Hamilton has been studying art and design for almost 50 years, and making jewelry for more than 20. Nancy has also taught metalsmithing for nearly 15 years at venues such as Art Is You and the Mendocino (California) Arts Center.

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