Natural Prong Set Pendant
January 19, 2018
Ever wonder what to do with that beautiful, odd-shaped stone? Ever wanted to set a beautiful stone with a natural edge but didn’t know how? This is the class for you! And you’ll put your design skills to use in this unique class. Students will learn how to make prongs from wire and soldering them down. You’ll learn how to integrate prongs and partial bezels to set a stone with a natural edge. You’ll also get to make rain drops and learn how to solder them on so they DON’T fall off. You’ll dome a disk and insert it into a hole, you’ll drill in your cabochon and learn how to set a small 6mm cab as well as proper stamping techniques and various texturing techniques and finishing.
Materials: Cabochon with at least one natural side (Instructor will have some for sale at time of class), bench block, rawhide mallet, files, scribe (awl), straight edge, Jeweler’s saw w/#2/0 blades, Sharpie, bench pin, diagonal cutting pliers. Also, if possible, cross lock tweezers. Suggested but not required: stamps, brass brush, texturing hammers, brass mallet, burnisher (bezel pusher), and round mandrel pliers (like Wubber’s).
1.5in x 2in – 20-ga sterling silver sheet, 6in – 16-ga sterling silver round wire, 6in – 14-ga sterling silver square wire, 3” – flat stock sterling silver, 6mm bezel cup – sterling silver, 6mm cabochon, and ⅜in sterling silver disk.
Shadow Box Ring with Serrated Bezel
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Captured Bead Earrings & Spinner Bangles
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Just a little something about Jeff:
Artist Jeff Fulkerson has been creating stunning, imaginative jewelry for over 30 years.
“The creative process is what I enjoy most” says Fulkerson, “I love to be able to take an idea, make it take shape and see it come to life”. He has taught at the Bead & Button Show, Bead Fest, Art Unraveled, the San Diego Museum of Man, as well as several private studios and bead shops.
A contributing artist to Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist Magazine, his work has also been seen in Art Jewelry Magazine, Rock & Gem Magazine and Step by Step Wire. Jeff is a recipient of the Courtney McGowan Design award, the John Burton Lapidary Award, as well as a blue ribbon award winner for his jewelry in design and construction at the San Diego County Fair. Some of his awards include Best Educational Exhibit, Coordinator's Cup (2005 and 2009), and Best Single Jewelry Piece (2005, 2009, & 2013). His meticulous execution and attention to detail is becoming well known among industry professionals.
His latest projects include “One Hour Bracelets” instructional video for Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist Magazine. Jeff has also produced instructional videos on “Beginning Inlaying Jewelry”, “Stone on Stone”, “Making Concho Belts With the Hydraulic Press” and “Rings!” as well as up-coming articles in Lapidary Journal and Step by Step Wire. His jewelry is also featured on ImpressArt’s and Wubber’s websites. A self-taught silver-smith with a background in construction and design, he counts himself fortunate to have studied with many great Native American artists in the last few years, most notably, Richard Tsosie, Navajo, Jesse Monogya, Hopi/Navajo and Michael Cheatham, Cherokee.