SYLLABUS

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FABRICATION

1. Rendering­ A drawing to tune and test designs as well as to communicate other jewelers.

2. Scales­ teaches the very difficult to master “jeweler's eye”­the ability to not just see that a detail is wrong but where it is wrong and how to adjust to make it right.

3. Pierced Earrings­ teaches a transfer technique from sketch book to metal, how to make mirror images, how to setup and use Jeweler's saw, anatomy and fabrication of an earring clutch and post.

4. Chain­ How to make wire and jump rings. Learning to master heat control with torch and soldering.

5. Sister Hook­ Anatomy of a catch, how to make tubing and how to rivet and make cold connections.

6. Hinged Pendant­ Teaches planning a large project, advanced tube making, anatomy of a hinge, as well as advanced soldering

7. Comfort Fit Band­ Anatomy of a ring, how to plan and execute ring production.

8. Faceted Ring­ Reinforce ring layout, precision layout and filing. Introduction to lay out process used in stone setting. 

9. Pearl cup earrings Fabricat pearl stud earrings, understanding what a quality pearl setting needs.

WAX

10. Comfort Fit Band­ Introduction in layout for wax work, understanding the difference between the additive process of fabrication and subtractive process of wax.

11. Tapered Dome Ring­ Reinforce wax layout and introduces asymmetrical layout.

12. Rope Top­ Intermediate layout and carving technique that builds on previous wax work and increases precision.

13. Square Topped Band­ Reinforce ring layout and precision wax filing.

14. First Casting­ Introduction to casting, lots of information all at once so we cast multiple times.

15. File Up­ Learn best practices for filing raw castings to finished piece. This is an area a lot of jewelers lose valuable time by not understanding best practices.

PRODUCTION

16. Pulling Wax­ Techniques for mass production-injecting wax into rubber molds for casting multiple pieces.

17. Wax Sizing­ Sizing an injection wax ring before casting.

18. Second Casting­ Second of several castings, review of casting process, introduction of production casting.

19. File Up­ Review of filing and finishing of castings.

STONE SETTING & REPAIRS

21. Prong Setting­-Setting round imitation sapphires, then set more brittle Cubic Zirconium, then set the more difficult native cut natural stone.

22. Re-­tipping­ Fundamental repair skill, re-­tipping prongs is to jewelery as changing oil is to a car, every jeweler must to know this skill.

23. Sizing­ Fundamental repair skill, every jeweler must be able to size a ring. 

24. Installing and Replacing a Head-Installing a new, as well as, removing and replacing a worn out setting.

25. Flush Setting­ Setting stones flush with metal surface, also called a Gypsy Setting.You will learn an uncommon method for flush setting that, once mastered, can be aplied to any stone in almost any setting prepairing you for whatever stone setting may come to your bench.

26. Bezel Setting­- Setting round and oval cut stones in full bezel.

27. Multi Stone Channel Setting­ Setting multiple round stones in a channel

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

30. Gold Alloy­ understanding the fundamentals of alloying 24K pure gold into 14K yellow gold, and plume gold solder. Understanding the difference between plum and repair solder and when to use them.

31. Gold Pendant­ Techniques for fabricating basket setting, understanding the differences in soldering and working with gold compared to silver.

FINAL

32. Personal Wax­ Planning and executing a project from start to finish as you would for any custom piece

33. Final Casting­ Review of casting process.

34. File Up­ Precision file up and finish of your custom piece.