This class is for beginning jewelers ready to start their own torch-less home studio practice. Students learn how to marry mixed metals together with rivets and set gemstones with simple prongs. This class reviews several types of rivets and how to create turtle prongs. Turtle prongs is a technique used to connect cabochons, enameled works, etc. to a designed piece of metal without a torch; they are named “turtle” because the animal it resembles before the prongs are bent upwards to hold the gemstone; there are many possible variations for shape. This class also reviews textures and finishing techniques.
Students will complete exercises to assist them in understanding how to connect metal to metal and add gemstones to the metal without the need for a torch.
Materials and Required Tools:
Participants will purchase materials kits from two of our preferred vendors; kits are approx $200-235 total, depending on selection. A link and instructions will be emailed when you complete your registration.
Prerequisites: This class is open to all levels, including beginning students. Basic sawing knowledge is helpful.
Dates and Access:
Wednesdays; 7/7/21 – 8/3/21. Participants will receive a link via email to access the live class.
Our registration will close one week prior to our start date so students can purchase their materials kits with time for shipping.
Instructor: Leah Meleski