Video Tutorials for using Stones with Metal Clay

This page has links to stone setting video or embedded videos that have valuable information, tutorials and projects about using stones with metal clay. Content checked July 2018.

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Adding Stones and Dimension – Patrik Kusek

Join award-winning jewelry artist Patrik Kusek to unlock the creative possibilities of silver metal clay! First, learn Patrik’s tips for great results as you roll and texture your clay and cut a pendant base. Then, delve into more advanced techniques as you learn how to use metal clay to create bezel and flush settings for a variety of shaped gemstones in the stone setting video section! Next, explore artful and secure connections as you attach your dried and refined bezel settings to your pendant, as well as rippled accents in fresh clay. You’ll gain in-depth troubleshooting tricks along the way, including several techniques for refining rough edges, making repairs, repurposing mistakes and rehydrating dried-out clay. Finally, learn how to properly sinter your piece with torch-firing techniques, and add patina and polish for a stunning finish.

Bezel Cup Rings – Cool Tools

Bezel cups make setting stones after firing a quick and easy process. Setting a natural gemstone can make your piece a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation. In this stone setting video tutorial, learn to make bezel cup rings, featuring delicate shanks, and stunning natural gemstones.

Bezel Setting a Cabochon – Rio Grande

Custom Prong Setting – from Cool Tools

Freeform natural gemstones are a popular choice when making jewelry because they offer their own unique shapes, patterns and colors. A great way to display these gemstones is with beautiful custom prongs. In this stone setting video tutorial, learn to create custom prongs to set your own one-of-a-kind natural gemstone.

Bezel Templates for Fireable Stones in Metal Clay

Cool Tools collaborated with Lisel Crowley to create a process using a template that eliminates seams in bezels using metal clay.  These templates come in gemstone sizes starting at 6mm. Choose from round to oval, marquise to diamond, trillion to triangle, barrel, cushion and square.  Simply use the template to size your stone, then choose your bezel wall thickness.

Easy Ways to add Gemstones to Metal Clay Projects

This stone setting video tutorial shows you how to add gemstones to metal clay projects using pre-made bezel cups.

Glass and Metal Clay Pendant – Cool Tools

Lisel Crowley, Metal Clay Artist and Instructor from Connecticut visited Cool Tools to create this “How to” video. She shows how to add a touch of individuality to your jewelry designs, by creating a unique pendant using fireable dichroic / fused glass and Art Clay Silver. Customize this piece by using any template and texture. This project is perfect for Metal and Polymer Clay.

How to use pearls with fine silver wire in metal clay projects – from PMC Supply

Making a Bezel Part 1

In part one of a five-part series on making a bezel, Art Jewelry magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to measure the circumference of your stone.

Making a Bezel Part 2

In part two of a five-part series on making a bezel, Art Jewelry magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to solder your bezel into a ring.

Making a Bezel Part 3

In part three of a five-part series on making a bezel, Art Jewelry magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to shape your bezel to fit your stone.

Making a Bezel Part 4

In part four of a five-part series on making a bezel, Art Jewelry magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to troubleshoot sizing your bezel.

Making a Bezel Part 5

In part five of a five-part series on making a bezel, Art Jewelry magazine associate editor Addie Kidd shows you how to solder your bezel to a backplate.

Medieval Arcade Gem Setting

This stone setting video shows traditional gem setting techniques but they could be adapted for use with metal clay.

North Star Pendant – Cool Tools

Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece. In this stone setting video project tutorial, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.

Stone Setting Finishing

Short video of a demo on how I finish a tube set faceted stone, using hammer hand piece, hand gravers, and polishing wheels

Stone Setting in Metal Clay – Rio Grande

Simple stone setting video tutorial for stones that can be fired in place.

Syringe Set Gemstones – Cool Tools

Glass gemstones feature beautiful colors that can make your jewelry pieces sparkle and shine. A unique way to set these gemstones, is a custom syringe setting. In this tool demo, learn to set dichroic glass gemstones using metal clay and syringe.

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