Everything was explained so clearly and I’m sure I will come back to watch these again as I practice Flush settings
Everything was explained so clearly and I’m sure I will come back to watch these again as I practice Flush settingsRead Less
So happy with this course! I already knew a bit about flush setting and have set a few stones this way, but this course is packed with so much useful knowle...Read More
So happy with this course! I already knew a bit about flush setting and have set a few stones this way, but this course is packed with so much useful knowledge and extra tips that I now feel more confident using this technique and will now make flush setting a consistent part of my jewelry making. Thanks Lucy!Read Less
So thorough and with enough info that once you learn you can keep referring back to for specifications. It's more than worth it for the amount of knowledge y...Read More
So thorough and with enough info that once you learn you can keep referring back to for specifications. It's more than worth it for the amount of knowledge you receive!Read Less
Wonderful course, very well presented, with great videos, diagrams, and handouts!! Well worth the money!!
Wonderful course, very well presented, with great videos, diagrams, and handouts!! Well worth the money!!Read Less
great,enjoyed the class
great,enjoyed the classRead Less
In this class, we'll cover making and setting a skull pendant together - but we have also included a total of 9 designs in the course resources section, which you can use as you wish - just in case you want a little more practice! Not only do we go into great detail here on flush setting, but we'll also help you take your soldering skills to the next level as we learn to use and make titanium solder clips to use with more complex soldering operations.
Ideally for this class you will already have saw piercing and soldering skills.
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!!!
- Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will just suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderlite pad from Rio Grande), tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle. However, if you do not want to solder for this project it’s not absolutely necessary.
- Cross locking tweezers
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Half round needle file – #2 cut is ideal
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades - size 2/0
- Two sets of pliers – flat nose and chain nose will work great
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Flex shaft
- 1mm drill bit
- 1.3 mm ball bur
- 1.5mm ball bur
- 2mm ball bur
- 2.5mm ball bur
- 2.5 – 3.5 mm bud bur (a bud bur anywhere between the two measurements will work)
- 2.5mm setting bur
- 3mm setting bur (you can get a set of these if you want to set lots of different sizes)
- Double sided tape or rubber cement (basically kiddie glue – not a glue stick)
- 20-gauge round wire in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
- 18-gauge round wire in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
- 18-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
- Hard silver solder
- Medium silver solder
- 2.5mm and 3mm stones – we recommend starting with CZ - you can purchase many different sizes if you prefer but it's best to get the hang of just a few sizes first
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.
Flush setting really doesn't need to be as complicated as it's often feared to be. Following a few simple steps with mindfulness and accuracy will help you confidently master this modern and elegant style of setting. Not only will we share with you how to do it, but every step of the way we'll also explain the why. In my experience that's the most important part!
Full video instructions on how to make a modern pendant suitable for flush setting - 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 flush set round brilliant cut gemstones
Downloadable tools and materials list
Downloadable suppliers list
Tool making videos
9 royalty-free designs for you to use and sell!
Access to students-only Facebook group
Basic saw piercing – If you require a more in depth look at saw piercing, check out our Saw Pierced Pendant online class
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
How to use burs and drills
Flush setting for size 2 – 4 mm round brilliant cut stones
Considerations for setting softer stones
Polishing with the polishing machine
Making a needle burnisher
Making a brass pusher
Making a parallel sided burnisher
Making solder clips and preparing your solder for use
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.
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
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.
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.