Prong Set Pendant

Ready to graduate from bezels?

So you’ve mastered bezels, and you’re looking for the next challenge. Well, look no further! It sounds like you’re ready to push your soldering skills into the stratosphere, so let’s create some beautiful prong settings together. I’m not going to lie, this is a project which requires patience and perseverance. But, I can promise you after this, your torch control will be on point!

We’ll show you not only how how we like to approach prong setting, but we’ll also cover other options too – explaining the pros and cons of each method so as always, you can discover what works best for you. And of course we’ll also be sharing tips and tricks along to way to ensure your setting skills are top notch every time.

Experience with soldering, and basic jewellery making skills such as piercing and forming are needed to take this class, and it’s recommended that you’re reasonably proficient with bezel setting too. If you don’t have those skills yet, we recommend taking a look at our Saw Pierced Pendant, Chunky Chain, Delicate Flower Ring, Bezel Set Pendant and Chunky Bezel set ring classes first, where we’ll cover all the skills you’ll need, before trying out this one.

In this class, you'll get to...

  • Master prong setting with round and half round wire for symmetrical and asymmetrical cabochons and rose cuts
  •  Understand why prong height is important
  • Conquer complex multi join soldering operations 
  • Create elegant claw shaped prongs
  • Understand your options when it comes to fragile stones
  • Modify gemstones with rough girdles or edges
  •  Get to grips with more complex finishing operations and understand how to use rubber wheels effectively
Prong set gemstone pendants
Jewelry making - prong setting
How to prong set a cabochon

Why we created this class: When it comes to stone setting, there's something beyond elegant about prong setting, but not if they're soldered in place like a dogs hind legs. Seriously, half the issue with prong setting is getting the prongs soldered evenly and securely around the stone. But don't worry because we've got you covered there.

Prong setting for rose cuts and cabochons
Prong Set Rose Cut
Prong setting for rose cut gemstones

Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we went to town in our videos creating variations of a prong set pendant using both half round and round wire prongs. Just to make sure you don’t get bored, we also covered techniques for symmetrical and asymmetrical stones – we recommend you try them all! If you want to go even further – why not try combining your setting with a handmade chunky chain, or linking a few together for spectacular results!

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We want more than that though! You know what makes our hearts the happiest? When we see our students getting to grips with finding their own inspiration and developing their own unique styles. But I understand how hard it is to know where to start when it comes to getting inspired: creative block kicks in, and two hours later you’re just staring at a blank page.

I promise you though, it’s just about knowing HOW to look. Inspiration really is everywhere, and we want to show you just how easy it can be to find. So to help do just that, we put together this free e-Book just for you.

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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.

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