Setting it up! Creative Stone Settings for Jewelry

Stone and wire pendant
Ring detail
Leaf fossil pendant, with detailed view at right

Date: June 11-June 15, 2018
Medium: Jewelry
Instructor: Lisa Johnson (email)
Skill Level: All

During this workshop we will explore creative stone settings using different types of cabochons along with faceted gemstones to make fabulous rings and/or pendants. Demonstrations will include variations on traditional bezel, reverse tab, large basket or prongs, and tube settings. Soldering techniques and surface finishes will also be covered during class. Participants will understand the basic fundamentals of fabricating settings and leave with at least one or two completed pieces, pendants or rings. All skill levels are welcome!

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


  • Sketch pad or paper for sketching
  • Pencils, pens, sharpies, or preferred drawing material
  • Apron and/or work clothes (closed-toe shoes!!)
  • Books, magazines and images for inspiration

Other supplies and materials will be provided by CraftSummer.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $60-90*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Lisa Johnson is the Director of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. After receiving her BFA from Miami University and an MFA from Indiana University in Jewelry Design, she was awarded as Artist-In- Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. While passionately conducting workshops and exhibiting work nationally, she volunteers on the Exhibitions Planning Committee for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Recent publications featuring her work include Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, 500 Necklaces, Humor in Craft, 500 Prints on Clay, and 500 Jewelry Designs.

New for 2018!

Reduced tuition for graduate workshops

Tuition for our graduate-level CraftSummer workshops is now significantly more affordable than in past years! Both Ohio and Non-Ohio students will pay only $280 per credit hour ($420 for a 1.5 credit hour course).
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