We are thrilled to be welcoming Jeff Georgantes, Chair of the Metals Department at Dartmouth College, for a three-day jewelry-making expedition filled with exciting twists and turns. We’ll explore a variety of core, foundational metalsmithing skills, starting with learning how to recycle our sterling silver scrap to cast ingots. Then we’ll use rolling mills, hammers, and anvil surfaces to transform and shape those ingots into useable rod and sheet stock. We’ll also explore options for texturing our metal for maximum visual impact. Next, Jeff will teach us the principles of flush setting and tapered bezel setting for faceted stones. We’ll make our own setting tools from steel stock and learn how bezel blocks can take fabricating a tapered bezel setting from complicated to simple and straightforward. From there, we’ll design our own ring and pendant projects, exploring and making aesthetic choices for stone placement, texture and shape. Jeff will also help us understand how bails are both critical design and functional elements. And we’ll dig deep into the many uses of a rolling mill in a working studio, including how to use it as a forging tool. We’ll discuss proper calibration and maintenance of our mills, so it can be a “forever tool” that lasts for years of use, and considerations when getting ready to add one to our studios. We’ll come away with a renewed appreciation for the versatility of this valuable piece of equipment.