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Settings for Every Shape

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Learn innovative fabrication and design techniques to showcase found objects in distinctive style.

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What You Get

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

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Riveting Designs
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.
2. Artisan Tab Techniques
3. Fold-Formed Channel Settings
4. Box-Form Settings
5. Cold-Setting Faceted Stones
6. Creative Bezel Settings
7. Partial Bezel & Prong Settings

Recommended with this class

  • Setting burrs & rotary tool
  • Cross-peen hammer
  • Torch

Taught by

Robert Dancik
Robert Dancik
Robert Dancik has been a jewelry artist and instructor for more than 30 years. He received a master's degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in fine art from Adelphi University. He teaches workshops in the U.S. and the U.K. and his designs have been exhibited worldwide and featured in numerous books and magazines. Robert is the author of Amulets and Talismans: Techniques for Making Meaningful Jewelry and the founder of Studio E.Y.E. in Beacon Falls, Connecticut.

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