Setting gemstone cabochons in metal clay creations without soldering is difficult due to two qualities.
- Metal clay requires a firing step, which would burn up most gemstones.
- Metal clay shrinks upon drying and firing.
Kris shares two methods for setting cabochons in metal clay, methods that she discovered over years of trial and error. No soldering is involved. This course teaches how to incorporate commercial bezel, not bezel made of metal clay.
This course consists of eight videos numbered according to the syllabus below. These videos contain over 400 photos, videos, and diagrams.
Included in the course is a Tools & Resources in each section, each with links to tools, processes, and other informational sites.
Once you purchase a course from Kris, she is forever at your beck and call to answer your questions and address your concerns via email.
- So Many Cabochons
- Make Your Own Template
- Make the Bezel
- Make the Backplate
- Make the Jewelry Item
- Joining Parts & Components
- Post Fire
- Setting the Cabochon
Feedback from a user
"Just purchased your class on Setting Cabs and I would like to say that
your attention to detail and clarity with pictures and explanations is
beyond exquisite. I have been working with PMC for a while using faceted
stones. However, when it came to Cabs, I realized that I would have to
use bezel wire and could not fire cabs in place. I had just purchased
the bezel wire (fine silver) and was ready to embark on this "new"
project... your class could have not come along in a more timely
fashion. Thank you for the tremendous amount of time and energy you put
into this class. Kudos!
Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.
Kris is a PMC Certification Instructor certified by PMC Connection (not longer in existence) and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.
In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.
Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.
Most recently, Kris has become one of six members on the Education Steering Committee for the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide or AMCAW, which came into existence in 2018