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Basket Weave Bezel Ring
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Basket Weave Bezel Ring Thursday, August 3, 9:00 AM  
Deryn Mentock $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

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Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Jewelry, Metal-working, Wire-working

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Looking for an alternative to the typical bezel setting? In this class I'll show you how to create a basket weave, prong setting that's both gorgeous and unique. This setting would be suitable for a ring or a pendant, but we'll be working on rings. You'll learn how to prepare and texture a ring blank, build prongs and weave a "nest" for the setting. This setting is particularly good for irregularly shaped stones and objects, or stones that don't have a flat back. Techniques covered will be sawing, filing, texturing, silver soldering, drawing a bead on heavy gauge wire, annealing and hardening metal, patina and weaving.

Bring several cabochons, stones and/or objects suitable for a ring (see photos) and measure approximately 30mm by 35mm or smaller. I will have some stones and fossils for purchase, in class.

Please email me with questions. (See below)

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $15.00 includes:
  • Texture hammers
  • Texture materials
  • Silver solder
  • Flux
  • Trays
  • Pliers
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Saw blades
  • Torches
  • Fuel
  • Soldering picks
  • Pickle
  • Patina
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Paper towels
  • Wrap-n-tap pliers
  • Ring mandrel

Student should bring:

  • 20 gauge sterling sheet metal: final measurement is approx. 3" by 1/2" but bring enough metal for two...(no sheet sterling is necessary for pendants)...we will be sawing in class
  • 14 or 16 gauge, dead soft sterling wire, 1 foot per ring. Copper may be substituted (I prefer 14 ga.)
  • 22 gauge, dead soft sterling wire; at least 12 feet per ring. Copper may be substituted
  • Several cabochons, stones and/or objects approx. 30mm by 35mm
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Nylon-jaw pliers
  • Flush cutters for wire (craft store type)
  • Jewelers saw
  • Bench pin (small clamps for bench pin are optional but great to have in class)
  • Small (12 oz) rubber dead blow hammer or rawhide mallet
  • Steel bench block
  • Bench pillow (or hand towel) for use under bench block
  • Metal file, fine (#0 or #2)
  • Awl
  • Foam sanding block, fine grit
  • Fine-point Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissor
  • Battery powered work light-REQUIRED


  • Wrap-n-Tap pliers; large size
  • Ring mandrel
  • Texture hammers; sharp texturing hammer
  • Ear plugs

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to:
call: 602-956-0189