Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers- By Melissa Hunt
Master the art and craft of stonesetting. Learn the most cutting-edge stonesetting techniques and treatments used by today's contemporary jewelry makers.
Clear step-by-step illustrations combined with concise instructions and practical advice make this book an invaluable reference for professional jewelry makers, students, and Etsy sellers.
No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting not only shows you how to use and incorporate these settings into existing designs but also teaches you how to make settings from scratch.
Also included is an overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones. The second part covers the range of settings available—from bezel to prong to snap settings—and uses step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants.
A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces. Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensable reference for beginners and professionals alike.
Hard cover - 192pg (includes over 200 photos)
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 EQUIPMENT, The Bench and Studio, Measuring and Marking Tools, Punches, Blocks, and Rolling Mill, Hand Tools, Cutting Tools, Hammers and Mallets, Files, Soldering Equipment, Burs, Wire Wrapping, Optical Aids, Micro Pave, Glue, Pearl Stringing, Precious Metal Clay
CHAPTER 2 CHOOSING STONES, Stone Types, Lapidary, Characteristics of Stones, Popular Minerals and Organics, Selecting a Stone, Metals for Stonesetting
CHAPTER 3 BASIC FABRICATION & FINISHING TECHNIQUES, Measuring and Cutting Metal, Filing, Annealing, Pickling, Texturing and Forming, Soldering, Finishing Techniques
CHAPTER 4 PRONG & SNAP SETTINGS, Prong Setting with a Faceted or Cabochon Stone, Gallery
CHAPTER 5 PRECIOUS METAL CLAY, Setting a Cabochon Stone into Precious Metal Clay, Claw Setting into Precious Metal Clay, Firing a Cubic Zirconia into Clay, Gallery
CHAPTER 6 BEZEL, RUB-OVER, OR CABOCHON SETTING, Bezel Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 7 TUBE & COLLET SETTING, Tube Setting, Collet Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 8 GYPSY, FLUSH, OR BURNISH SETTING, Gypsy Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 9 TENSION SETTING, Tension Setting a Ring Shank, Gallery
CHAPTER 10 CHANNEL SETTING, Channel Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 11 CLAW SETTING, Single Gallery Claw Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 12 PAVE SETTING, Traditional Pave, Micro Pave Setting, Star Setting, Gallery
CHAPTER 13 WRAPPING BEADS & STRINGING PEARLS, Beading with Wire, Wire Wrapping a Cuff Ring, Wire Wrapping a Sized Ring, Wire Wrapping a Pendant, Pearl Stringing, Gallery
CHAPTER 14 SETTING IRREGULARLY-SHAPED STONES & UNUSUAL MATERIALS, Nailhead Riveting, Tube Rivets, Tabs, End Caps, Making Screws, Making Hinges, Gallery
CHAPTER 15 CARE & REPAIRS, Care of Stones, Health and Safety in the Jewelry Workshop
CHAPTER 16 REFERENCES, Designing and Making a Commissioned Piece, Charts, Useful Books and Websites, Index, Contributors & Picture Credits, Acknowledgments
About the Author- MELISSA HUNT teaches stonesetting and metal jewelry making courses at the prestigious London Jewellery School. She is also a prolific designer whose work has been exhibited at fairs like Origin (curated by the Craft Council UK), and at London Jewelry Week. Melissa has received commissions from 10 Downing Street, the EMI Group, and artists such as Darren Almond and Estelle Thompson. Her work has been published in The Time Out Shopping Guide, Crafts Magazine, and the books Bangles and Bracelets and Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers.