Learn how to create an engagement ring to commission with a 4 claw setting
Working on engagement rings or commissions is a great way to grow your business and increase your profits. In this comprehensive online course learn how to create your own 4-claw setting
Taught by expert jeweller, Hayley Kruger, in this courses you will learn to:
- Measure the stone and create a bespoke setting
- Construct the claw from wire, sheet metal or tube
- Solder all the elements in place
- Create the ring shank and measure to fit
- Refine the setting and set the stone
- Polish and finish the work to a professional standard
- As well as how to work with clients and manage the commission relationship
All of these techniques take time and practice and in this in-depth video course we have 7 lessons to guide you through the process which you can re-watch as many times as you like to perfect the skills and master the techniques.
If you love working in metal and would like to add a new skill to your stone setting then this is the perfect next step to take.
What Will You Get?
- Lifetime access to comprehensive video lessons, guiding you through all the techniques, tips and tricks to perfecting your stone setting
- Advice and guidance from an experienced jeweller on how to manage commissions and working with clients
- Downloadable course notes to work alongside the videos
- Access to our supportive community of jewellers and tutors to help you at every stage of the process
- Access to the videos 24/7 - you can stop, pause, rewind and replay as much as you like
- Excellent close-up shots to see what is happening in each step so you don't miss a thing
Hayley is a bench jeweller with over 20 years of experience. She runs her own company making and selling high-end bespoke jewellery.
She has taught at the London Jewellery School for 8 years and also teaches workshops from her own studio. Having been a mentor on the London Jewellery School Diploma for a number of years she is experienced at working with students and has a great capacity to support them on their journey to professional silver and gold jewellery making.
My main focus now is dividing my time between creating bespoke and commissioned pieces for private clients, as well as consulting small jewellery business on ranges, design and production. And of course I love being a tutor for Jewellers Academy and various other organisations and community groups.
Believing in myself and pushing myself to learn and grow even when the hurdles seem so high. As a result I was invited to show my work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, I have been published in Vogue, Stylist and Marie Claire to name a few. And I was invited to be an ambassador for Triumph Lingerie's Women in Making campaigns 2013 and 2014.
Colour is my main source of inspiration, and no matter how hard I try to use muted colours, a flash of bright fuchsia or some tropical hue always seems to find is way into my work. Recently I have found myself drawn back to my roots by being drawn to traditional techniques and skills.
Hayley's website: www.hayleykruger.com
StartCourse Notes: Make an Engagement Ring (4 Claw Setting)
StartLesson 1: Introduction, tools and materials (10:13)
StartLesson 2: Cutting the Tube (8:15)
StartLesson 3: Making the Ring Shank (18:19)
StartLesson 4: Constructing the Claw (28:37)
StartLesson 5: Setting the Stone (17:37)
StartLesson 6: Polishing and Finishing (8:44)
StartLesson 7: Working to Commission (6:04)
StartFeedback: How Was Your Course
This course is suitable for jewellers who have experience of working with sheet silver metal and are competent at soldering and basic stone setting.
Tools and Materials
- Bench peg
- Piercing saw and blade/s
- Wax to lubricate saw blade
- Calipers/vernier gauge
- Tube cutter/chenier cutter (optional)
- Fine permanent marker e.g. sharpie
- Flat file
- Needle file set
- Reverse action tweezers
- Steel block
- Rawhide mallet
- Pliers set - flat nosed, round nosed and D shaped
- Flush cutters
- Parallel pliers
- Ring mandrel
- Hand clamp
- Bees wax
- Claw pusher
- Square pusher
- Jewellers soldering kit
- Pendant motor/Dremel/Foredom with flex shaft attachment or a pin vice Important: ensure you read the instructions and safety guidelines before using and always wear safely glasses when using a motor
- Stone setting burr (Hayley used a 5mm burr in this project for a 5mm stone)
- Bearing burr
- Cup burr (optional)
- Flame tipped rubber burr (medium grade) For a high polish get coarse, medium, fine, extra fine flame tipped rubber burrs
- Cotton mop
- Polishing compound (Hayley used the white high polished compound)
- 3 in 1 oil or olive oil
Materials used in this project
- D shaped wire (2.5mm diameter)
- 5mm round faceted gemstone
- 5mm diameter sterling silver tube
- Sterling silver 1mm diameter wire
- Solder (easy and hard)
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We recommend you watch through the whole course before purchasing any additional tools and materials to ensure you get what you need for the project you have in mind, for example you will need to make sure the size of the stone matches the stone setting burr and the tube
We look forward to welcoming you on the course and seeing your new creations soon
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