Our classes will be going live 31st March 2020, in the meantime you can sign up with the coupon below to receive 20% discount in our pre-launch sale. Please remember to use the coupon code, unfortunately refunds cannot be given if you forget to enter the code.
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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
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
- Flat hand file – #0 or #2 cut
- Half round hand file #2 cut is ideal
- Half round and flat pliers
- Chasing hammer (but a hammer handpiece for your flex shaft will make life easier)
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Ring mandrel
- Rawhide or dead blow mallet
- Ring sizing set
- Fine brass brush
- 1mm drill bit
- 1.3, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3mm ball burs – depending upon the stone sizes you wish to set
- 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 4mm setting burs – depending on the stone sizes you wish to set
- 2.5 and 4mm bud bur - depending on the stone sizes you wish to set
- 16-gauge sterling silver sheet for the ring band – or 10/12-gauge round sterling silver wire
- 18 or 20-gauge gold wire for the settings (silver, copper or brass can also be used)
- Selection of round brilliant cut gemstones (we’ll be using 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm)
- Hard silver solder
- Medium silver solder
- Hard gold solder to match the karat of gold being used (if you choose to make the settings in gold)
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.
Octopus setting as we have called it, is a modern setting using jump rings to set the stones, either with or without texture. It's a relatively easy method to master with a little practice, and is a creative way to economically add gold to your work. Don't worry, we'll be with you every step of the way and not only will we share with you how to do it, but we'll also explain the why. In my experience that's the most important part!
Whilst in this project we'll teach you to make a ring, this setting style is extremely versatile and can be used on almost anything.
Full video instructions on how to make stunning silver ring band with 18kt gold settings
Full downloadable handouts explaining step by step the project, including a problem solving section
Full close up high definition videos on how to set this unique style of gemstone setting using both a hammer handpiece and a hammer and punch
Downloadable tools and materials list
Downloadable suppliers list
Tool making and modifying videos
Access to students-only Facebook group
Making a wider ring band from sheet metal
Making jump rings
Soldering gold to silver
Applying ball bur texture around the settings
Using thermoplastic to support the ring during setting
Setting the stones using a hammer and punch and a hammer handpiece
Modifying hammer handpiece anvils
Making a textured setting punch
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.
And if that isn't enough, we've got your back with a students-only Facebook page where you can enjoy the community that comes with taking a class - and where we'll be checking in daily. If you find yourself in a pickle, help is just a click away! It's also a great way to show off some of your own designs too - go ahead and brag away, we just love to see how you're doing!
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 through our students-only Facebook group. We won't let you struggle alone
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 to cut seats for stones. If you haven't set stones before, you might want to check out our flush setting class first.
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.
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.