From stones and sea glass to plastic bike reflectors, find out how to capture irregularly shaped objects with a range of striking settings. Expert jewelry artist Robert Dancik shares foolproof tips and techniques from 30 years of experience. Start with essential riveting skills and then learn how to use tab captures to set objects that can't be punctured. Delve into fold-forming and annealing techniques before exploring a versatile box-form setting. Follow along with Robert to efficiently size, cut and shape the box, and use concrete to securely embed your object inside. Then, discover a variety of solder-free settings for faceted stones, including snap and tube captures that are perfect for gems both large and small. Finally, learn to solder a textured bezel and a partial pronged bezel, opening the door to endless design possibilities for found-object jewelry.
Meet your instructor, Robert Dancik, and get started creating the narrative behind your unusually shaped captures! Robert will review basic riveting techniques and show his "card trick" for getting perfectly hammered rivets each time. You'll also learn how to file rivets into special shapes.
Use tabs to secure a stone for an artisanal look. Robert reviews a variety of ways to design your unique piece with tabs in mind. Then he'll show you how to draw, shape and file your tabbed background piece from copper. Find inspiration from Robert's examples of inner tabs and through tabs.
Learn Robert's fold-forming technique to capture objects without tabs or rivets! You'll learn how to measure, fold and shape metal into a semicircle using a cross-peen hammer. Then, learn the annealing process to soften the metal and modify the shape and how to cool copper without using ice water.
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