Stone Setting In Metal Clay (Torch Fire Techniques)

Learn how to set CZ stones, glass and cabochon settings for natural stones all with basic torch firing techniques

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Course Details:

Learn to set gemstones, glass and diamond-shaped stones in your metal clay jewellery, with this brilliant new intermediate-level stone setting course...

Silver metal clay is a magical material that allows you to make solid silver jewellery without saws, hammers and heavy equipment. In this course, designer jeweller and tutor Anna Campbell will guide you through three beautiful stone set projects to make yourself.

Stone setting adds a whole new layer of depth and excitement to your metal clay work and in this course Anna will teach you; how to set glass pieces in metal clay and safely fire them without damaging or cracking the glass piece. You will also learn some top tips for setting CZ’s in small multi-layered pieces followed by a project using a bezel cup to set a natural stone which cannot be fired and therefore needs to be set after torch firing the piece. And finally, Anna will show you how to make finished pieces ready to wear or sell as part of a jewellery business.

What you can make:

    Techniques Covered

  • Setting natural stones using a bezel
  • Setting a glass cabochon in a metal clay piece
  • Setting CZ stones in a multi-layer piece
  • Using paste to join multiple layers
  • Torch firing all three pieces, including techniques for torch firing the glass.
  • Creating a variety of bails and pendant backs
  • Using stencils to create versatile designs
  • Polishing and finishing your pieces
  • Techniques to apply these you tour own designs and make professional jewellery from home.

And much more


Your Instructor

Anna Campbell
Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell is a metal clay artist. She holds both the Art Clay and PMC Rio Rewards certifications as well as the higher diploma in metal clay from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery.

Anna is a PGCE certified teacher and is very experienced, teaching at various levels including degree courses, since 2000. She is the founder of Jewellery School Scotland.

Tools & Materials

Essential Materials

  • Approx. 10g silver clay per project (x 3 projects)
  • Silver clay paste (small amount)
  • 1 x 6mm plain round fine silver bezel cup
  • 1 x 6mm round cabochon (with a flat back)
  • 1 x dichroic glass cabochon
  • 1 x 3mm cubic zirconia

    Essential Tools:

  • Laminated mat
  • Acrylic roller
  • Playing cards or spacers set
  • Badger balm or olive oil
  • Texture mats
  • Cutters/stencil sheet
  • Tissue blade
  • Drinking straw
  • Needle tool
  • Water brush/paintbrush
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Pin vice drill
  • Sanding sponge
  • Set of polishing papers
  • Sponge
  • Easy leave polythene sheet
  • Steel burnisher

    Tools and Materials for Firing:

  • Butane torch
  • Firing block
  • Wooden handled cross lock tweezers
  • Piece of thinfire shelf paper (for firing glass piece)
  • Fibre blanket
  • Wire rack
  • Bowl and tap water (note, this is for health and safety. Stone set pieces should not be quenched, they should cool naturally before polishing)
  • 3 minute timer

    Optional Tools and Materials:

  • Spray water bottle
  • Hotplate or mug warmer
  • Safety goggles (essential if you don't have glasses)
  • Small pin vice hand drill (approx. 1.2mm drill bit)
  • Additional fire mat
  • Teflon sheet
  • Rubber block


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Student Work...

See some beautiful jewellery made using this course.

Sally Caslake and Ana Maria Townsend

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