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Bezel Set Pendant

Enda Brennan

Very clear, very well explained, great handouts.

Very clear, very well explained, great handouts.

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Really helpful!

Marita De Waal

Very clear instructions and examples, lots of tips and tricks!

Very clear instructions and examples, lots of tips and tricks!

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Review of Bezel Set Pendant

Shannon Van Dyke

This is a very thorough course in which Lucy tells us and shows us exactly how to do the many steps involved in making a bezel pendant and setting a stone in...

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This is a very thorough course in which Lucy tells us and shows us exactly how to do the many steps involved in making a bezel pendant and setting a stone in it. She has thought through everything and presented the information clearly and with her usual charm and candor. Sheʻs cheery and friendly and absolutely sure we are going to succeed, and I find that very helpful. ( I already adore the two wonderful jewellers who teach courses here in Kona, and Lucy is up there at the top of the list also. ) How lucky we are to be able to take her courses!! 5 (or 6) stars

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Exceptional Course

Debra Cobia

This course covers the basics, plus some extras not usually included in an intro bezel setting course. Well made, easily viewed, clear and concise explanatio...

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This course covers the basics, plus some extras not usually included in an intro bezel setting course. Well made, easily viewed, clear and concise explanations. I loved the section on using burrs to create interesting textures.

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Scherri Woodard

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this technique. I learned bezel setting a while back, but couldn't really get it down to a science. Lucy, you have...

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I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this technique. I learned bezel setting a while back, but couldn't really get it down to a science. Lucy, you have made this so much easier and pleasurable! I can't wait to get to the other courses! Thank you, thank you!!

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Bezel set pendants

shannon williams

Great course!

Great course!

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Bezel Set Pendant

Level: Beginner Plus

Learn the art of bezel setting rose cuts and cabochons step by step as we create these beautiful pendants together. We'll also be exploring how to create variations by adding textures to backplates, and even give you details on where to get great deals on the beautiful stones we use! Ideally for this class you will already have saw piercing and soldering skills.
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Class Format

Our classes will be in an on-demand video format so you can watch them whenever it suits you - no need to worry about fitting your schedule around us.  You'll also be able to download and print all our handouts for reference right at your workbench.

Each class will come with downloadable detailed lists of tool and material requirements and we'll even include our favourite suppliers in there too!  Including for all those luscious gemstones.

Whilst we aim to keep our classes waffle-free and as to the point as possible, we can't promise not to go off on tangents exploring techniques and ideas, but hopefully as an artist you'll understand that.

We hope you're going to love our classes as much as we enjoy making them. But more than that, we hope to see you kick some serious ass as you work through the projects here.  Don't forget to share your successes and even your failures on our students-only Facebook page. We want to be with you in the good times and the bad.

Welcome aboard guys - Let's do this!!!

  • Engaging videos

    Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humour 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 2 hours 30 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.

  • Kick-ass handouts

    We understand that nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! So, we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you along. Our Bezel Set Pendant class has 48 pages of full-colour handouts, supporting material and tools lists.

  • 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 beautiful jewellery, all by yourself.

What you'll need

Essential tool requirements:

  • 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 – I prefer the bent ones, but straight or bent is fine
  • Two sets of pliers – flat nose and chain nose will work great
  • Flush cutters or shears
  • Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
  • Half round needle file – #2 cut is ideal
  • Flex shaft 
  • 1mm drill bit
  • Medium flat pumice wheel with screw mandrel
  • 20-gauge round wire in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
  • 18-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
  • 30-gauge fine silver bezel wire – the height will depend on your stone
  • Hard silver solder
  • Medium silver solder
  • Cabochon or rose cut gemstone (ideally 8mm or above and without corners if you’re just starting out)

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.

We try to be as helpful as possible and we hope that this list will be useful in getting you started. But please be aware that in order to keep class costs low, and because of the potential volume of such queries, we cannot respond to any emails asking about required materials, tools or how to go about using such tools.  The details will be covered extensively in our classes, and we recommend that you don't purchase tools and materials before we have the chance to show you all the incredible possibilities.

Lets do this!

You'll be amazed at just how much you're capable of

It doesn't need to be difficult

Bezel setting is one of the oldest setting styles, but thankfully it's relatively simple as long as you follow a few simple rules.  We'll show you the basics, but rest assured, we'll also be sharing tips and tricks along to way to ensure you're setting skills are top notch every time!

What's Included in the Course

We've included tonnes of extras to ensure you can complete this project confidently and fabulously!

  • Full video instructions on how to make a bezel setting for a cabochon or rose cut stone - videos are available for one whole year from the class start date!

  • Full downloadable handouts explaining step by step the project - these are yours to download and keep forever!

  • Full close up high definition videos on how to bezel set cabochon and rose cut gemstones including fancy shapes and stones with corners

  • Tool making videos

  • Downloadable tools and materials list

  • Downloadable suppliers list

  • Access to students-only Facebook group

Techniques Covered:

  • Making bezels with fine silver bezel wire for different shaped cabochons and rose cuts

  • Soldering more complex designs – you’ll need basic soldering skills already. If you need to brush up on these, check out our Chunky Chain class

  • Adding textures to bezels

  • Using and making a handmade stainless-steel graver

  • Using a rocker burnisher to bezel set stones

  • Getting creative with setting – you don’t need fancy tools

  • How to make a needle burnisher

  • How to prepare gravers for use

  • Polishing with the flex shaft / pendant motor

We're all about the details

We want every single student who signs up to not only complete the project, but do it with confidence! We appreciate that everyone learns differently so not only are our lessons delivered through high quality video tutorials, they're also supported by full written handouts including detailed instructions, extensive infographics and high quality close up photographs.

We know that it's difficult to get started on the road to creating a jewellery collection. Time, money and confidence play a huge part in addition to learning the skills required. That's why we designed this course to not only be easy to follow, with lessons in video and written form, but our students-only Facebook page will hopefully let you connect with our student community and share feedback and answers to any problems you're facing as well as positive critiques on finished projects.

  • Confidence building, easy to follow, step by step lessons. If you fail that's because we failed you

  • Short and direct to the point lessons, we know you're tight on time, we won't waste it with waffle!

  • Support and feedback from the community through our students-only Facebook group

Frequently asked questions

  • How often can I watch the videos?

    If you purchase the course, you can watch the videos as many times as you like for a 1-year period.

  • Do I need specialist tools and equipment for this class?

    Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a tool list for you to view at the beginning of the course.

  • Can I download the videos?

    The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

  • Can I download the handouts?

    Absolutely you can! It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

  • I haven't done any metalwork before, is this a good place to start?

    This class is ideal for those who have basic soldering skills and are confident using a pendant motor / flex shaft.

  • Will I get a certificate

    Upon submission of final assignment you will receive a certificate.

  • Do the videos have subtitles?

    Unfortunately not, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.

  • Can I just purchase the handouts?

    We only offer the courses as a package.

  • Will Lucy be able to personally answer any questions we have on the classes?

    We love to hear from our students, but in order to be able to keep our classes at a price point affordable for all, the classes are not interactive. With over 6000 students currently enrolled, it would be impossible to reply to messages from everyone – we are a tiny team and would have no time to create the content you love if we did! If you do want that little extra support however, don’t worry at all, we will be launching membership options later this year which will include a dedicated forum to answer your questions online.


Lucy Walker - Founder and Creative Director

Gemologist, artisan, entrepreneur and educator, Lucy Walker has studied, worked and travelled all over the world, pursuing her dreams in jewellery design.   

Born in Sheffield, England, she moved to Manila at the age of 21 to study at the Gemology Institute of America.  By 23, she was studying metal-smithing and working in fine-jewellery in New York City.   At 28, she returned to her home in England to secure a degree in jewellery design from the prestigious Birmingham City University School of Jewellery before accepting a job with Australia's largest and oldest pearling company, Paspaley, and relocating to Darwin.

Then, in 2015, her globetrotting came to an end, when she moved to Kuala Lumpur, the city she now calls home, to take up a jewellery design teaching position at Raffles College.  Two years later, driven by a desire to establish a modern, relevant curriculum for jewellery design and a creative community in which makers and designers of all levels can feel at home, she established The Academy at Lucy Waker Jewellery Design.

The Academy is unique in that is specializes in short, modular courses to help artisans build a bespoke set of skills to further their own individual passion for making jewellery, with a focus on talent sharing and growing together.  In 2019, The Academy launched an online learning portal to allow more students to join the community.  

In her free time, Lucy continues to travel, observing and learning from goldsmiths, gemologists and metal-smiths around the world and picking up beautiful gems along the way for her private clients.  Lucy is married to her business partner Shaun Terence Teo and under her workbench you'll usually find her CrossFit gear, her running shoes and her other partners in crime, her dogs, Leonard, Lola and Howie.