We are delighted to be welcoming Jim Dailing to the studio for an expanded and innovative introduction to setting faceted stones without using prongs! Jim is bringing us uniquely accessible twists on traditional methods that don’t use expensive setting tools, microscopes, or even gravers! Over the course of five days, we’ll fabricate our own heavy sterling silver bands and go deep in understanding essential considerations when working with faceted stones. We explore surface setting options including bead setting, pave, and flush setting, and discuss when and how to use them to the best advantage. We’ll finish up with fabricating and fusing a structural tapered bezel and learning how to properly bezel set a faceted stone. And as an added bonus, workshop registration includes a “Gem Talk” evening with Jim, as he gives us a good overview of types of gems, their characteristics, common cuts, and other essential information about working with and choosing faceted gems.
This is an intermediate class, and you’ll need to be proficient in basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing, filing, and soldering. More advanced students are encouraged to bring personal projects into which they would like to incorporate faceted stones as well as any faceted gems that they would like to set, time permitting.
THIS IS AN IN-PERSON WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN OUR TEXAS STUDIO.
Can’t make the trip? Registration is now open for LIVE online seats! Learn more here!
June 15 – 19, 2022
Wednesday – Sunday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
(plus Gem Talk on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm)
Workshop Fee (non-taxable): $750
Materials Fee (taxable): $95
(payable on the first day of class)
After watching a friend skillfully cut an opal during college in 1977, Jim Dailing knew that he had found an outlet for his creative passion. He spent the next 10 years furthering his education and gaining experience in a variety of metalsmithing techniques. His enthusiasm and genuine love of the craft is evident in every piece created.
Jim creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces across a wide range of styles, leveraging his access to sources for award-winning gemstones and his own skill in alloying much of his own metal. He often incorporates recycled metals from family heirlooms. His current focus is designing unique engagement rings, wedding rings, and anniversary rings, using inspirational elements drawn from architecture, furniture, nature… anything his clients are drawn to visually. He takes great pride in crafting pieces that are not only visually stunning but also personally empowering.
With over 30 years of experience handcrafting custom jewelry, Jim Dailing brings an unsurpassed level of knowledge, enthusiasm and skill to his workshops, and has traveled all over the country sharing his passion for creating unique pieces. Learn more about Jim on his website www.jiimdailing.com