Prong Set Pendant - For Rose Cuts & Cabochons

Prong setting but with a modern twist! We’ll work through variations on this pendant as we cover creating settings for symmetrical and asymmetrical stones using round and half round wire for the prongs. If you want to take your soldering and setting skills to the next level, then this is the perfect challenge.

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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.

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Engaging Videos

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.

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Clear Explanations

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.

Ready to graduate from bezels?

So you’ve mastered bezels, and you’re looking for the next challenge? Look no further! If you’re ready to push your soldering skills into the stratosphere and create some beautiful prong settings as you go, then you’re in the right place. 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 already, 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.

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Prong setting for rose cuts and cabochons
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Prong setting for rose cut gemstones
Prong set pendants

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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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum

  • Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderlite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
  • Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
  • Cross locking tweezers – straight or bent is fine
  • Round or round and flat nosed pliers
    Flush cutters or snips
  • Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
  • Half round needle file – #2 cut is ideal
  • Sandpaper disks – somewhere in the region of 240 grit
  • Flex shaft
  • Dividers
  • Digital calipers
  • 1mm drill bit
  • 20-gauge (0.8mm) round wire in sterling silver
  • 14-gauge (1.6mm) or 16-gauge (1.3mm) half round wire in sterling silver
  • 18-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
  • Hard and medium silver solder
  • Cabochon or rose cut gemstone (ideally 8mm or above and without corners if you’re just starting out)
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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.