Flex Shaft Lapidary: Altering Stones for Flawless Bezels

September 6 - September 8, 2024

Flex Shaft Lapidary: Altering Stones for Flawless Bezels


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $125

Take your flex shaft work to the next level! Learn to alter the shape and profile of your cabochons or found stones, and make a perfect bezel setting every time. In this class we will cover simple lapidary techniques adapted to the flex shaft, using diamond-coated burs, handmade sandpaper drums, and polishing compound. We will then practice basic jewelry fabrication skills such as sawing, soldering, and polishing, to create a bezel setting for our newly-altered stone out of sterling silver; learning tricks along the way to shape our bezels to perfectly match the contour of our stone. We will be making pendants in this class.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Erika Broas

Erika Broas (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, who most often can be found making metal objects and jewelry – with a side-love for textiles, ceramics, and cooking. She has been avidly pursuing the art of metalsmithing since 2010, with a background in blacksmithing and production goldsmithing. Along the way, Erika has taught countless jewelry classes to amazing students. Sharing jewelry making skills and demystifying industry secrets brings her great joy.

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