This page has links to websites that have valuable information, tutorials and projects about using stones with metal clay.
All links open in a new window.
Basic Stone Information
Rio Grande uses these symbols, set by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), to disclose any enhancements that may have been applied to their gemstones. For the benefit of your company and your customers, Rio Grande encourages you to use these symbols when you buy, display and sell stones and stone-set jewelry.
Useful list of birthstones, starstones and daystones so you can choose a stone for the perfect gift.
Find out the colours and properties of gemstones with this simple information page.
A short but useful tutorial on setting stones in metal clay.
Diamonds in Bronze Clay - Celie Fago
Celie Fago first fired diamonds in bronze clay in 2007/08 and wrote this blog post about it in 2010.
Diamonds in Sterling Metal Clay - Celie Fago
Celie Fago has added diamonds to Sterling metal clay and fired them in place. This blog post gives some information on this.
US based supplier of Art Clay and stones. This is a short information page covering laboratory grown, synthetic and natural stones and also cubic zirconium (CZ).
Framed Bezel by Robin Ragsdale
This great tutorial is free to view on the Cre8tive Fire website. Goldie Bronze™ is a beautiful material. When constructing a bezel for a cabochon gem we need to treat the bronze clay differently than silver clay. A common method used with silver clay is to make a plug from jeweler’s investment to stop the metal clay bezel from shrinking smaller than the size of the stone. However, jeweler’s investment creates a nasty crusty black layer on fired bronze clay that can be impossible to remove. This dilemma led Robin on a quest to find a repeatable process for making bronze bezels. After months of experimentation and a box of failures she now has a reliable method that works every time!
This fabulous tutorial shows you how to make tube bezels for setting stones. The bezels are very clean and accurate. Another winner from Holly!
Useful firing information for gemstones in place.
As a jewelry maker, knowing the hardness of the gemstones you're working with will help you to design and create more successful jewelry pieces. This useful resource from Art Jewelry Magazine also has a pdf download link for the scale chart.
Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay - Margaret Schindel
If you want to learn many different options for setting gemstones in metal clay both before and after firing, this article is for you. In addition to metal clay setting techniques and tips, you'll also find recommended gemstone firing test charts and helpful tutorials, books, videos and tools.
Great resource for information about gems. Includes cutting and polishing gems, gemstone characteristics and caring for your gemstones.
This tutorial on the Ganoksin website is written by Charles Lewton-Brain. The technique is explained for traditional goldsmiths but is easily adaptable for metal clay.
Using CZ's to make a pendant.
Fantastically detailed tutorial with great pictures. Holly shows how to set a piece of her wonderful titanium using a prong setting. The finished piece is beautiful on both sides, showing the importance of good finishing on the back and front of a design.
Easy to follow tutorial showing how to make simple bezels using metal clay tube.
A very comprehensive information page about setting stones. Contains lots of tips and hints.
This tutorial shows how to make a prong setting for a stone in Bronze Clay. The technique is equally suitable for use with silver clay.
Tab Set Bezels - Jewelry Making Daily
Great overview of using ready made bezels - or make your own - and converting them to tab settings really easily. Links to a book with more detail but the article will give you some good ideas on how to adapt this for your work - and oh, so simple in metal clay!