Octopus Set Ring
Octopus setting, is a fantastic way to add gold to your work in an economical way as well as being a unique and beautiful setting style that you can incorporate into many different styles of jewellery. Allowing for plenty of creativity, this class is the perfect follow to our flush setting class.
Kick Ass Handouts
Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey. Our Flush Set Pendant class has 51 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.
Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. Our Bezel Set Pendant class has over 1 hour 45 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.
We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.
If you're looking to get a little more creative with your stone setting, you're in the right place!
Working with gold really doesn’t need to be as complicated as it’s often feared to be, it’s actually a lot easier than silver in many cases. In this class we’ll ease you gently and confidently into working with this luscious metal by adding small accents to a sterling silver ring band. And then – we’ll go to town setting stones in them!
Of course, as with all our classes, there’s so much more than just octopus setting and working with gold. We’ll also look at making and modifying the tools necessary to set stones with and without textures, and don’t worry, we’ll cover setting both by hand and using a hammer handpiece.
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Practice makes perfect, and there are so many ways to use this unique setting style in your work! This class leaves a lot of opportunities for creativity and personal style, so we hope you’ll go crazy and make shit tonnes of your own versions of our octopus set ring. It’s the perfect setting to combine with our other classes too, you could add it to a saw pierced pendant, a delicate flower ring, or even surround a bezel setting with beautiful octopus set accents.
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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum
- Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will just suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
- Flat hand file – #0 or #2 cut
- Half round hand file #2 cut is ideal
- Half round and flat pliers
- Chasing hammer
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Ring mandrel
- Rawhide or dead blow mallet
- Ring sizing set
- Mandrels for making jump rings
- Bench vice
- 1mm drill bit
- 1.3, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3mm ball burs – depending upon the stone sizes you wish to set
- 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 4mm setting burs – depending on the stone sizes you wish to set
- 2.5 and 4mm bud bur – depending on the stone sizes you wish to set
- 16-gauge sterling silver sheet for the ring band
- 18 or 20-gauge gold wire for the settings – 14kt, 18kt or 22kt is perfect, but silver, copper or brass can also be used
- Selection of round brilliant cut gemstones (we’ll be using 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm)
- Hard silver solder
- Medium silver solder
- Hard gold solder to match the karat of gold being used (if you choose to make the settings in gold)
A note on tools
The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools. Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.
Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions. It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality. We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.
The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.
Absolutely you can! It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.
If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership. Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.
This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.
Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.