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Tab Setting a Cabochon

November 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cdn $45.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Course outline: Discover an easy way to create a pendant for your favourite stone! Bring or buy a cabochon to set in a copper sheet metal setting using tabs which have been cut using a jeweller’s saw. You will use dimpling pliers to texture the metal, punch pliers to put holes for jump rings. You also learn how to apply a patina to the metal to enhance the texture. You can make your piece as large or as small as you like. This is a great project for those who are interested in trying out a jeweller’s saw.

Skill level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None, but a torch may be used for heating to anneal the metal. Experience using a jewellery saw would be an asset.

Technique: Designing a pendant to suit their flat back cabochon (or flat bead). Cutting sheet metal using shears. Use of a jeweller’s saw to cut tabs to hold a cabochon in place. An introduction to dimpling pliers for texturing the metal. Filing and finishing the metal with a patina. Annealing with a torch may be required.

Bring to class:

  • Students must purchase or bring their own cabochon or flat back bead. A chain is not provide so they should bring their own or purchase one. Paper and pencil for planning their design.
  • If they have them: Jeweller’s saw and blades, chain nose, flat nose and round nose pliers, metal shears, dimpling pliers, punch pliers, leather or rubber mallet, ruler, thin Sharpie marker, bezel pusher. Some of these will be available for use by students if they do not have them.

Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching the patterns you receive from the classes you take.

How to Register and Cancellation Policy: see details below.



November 11, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cdn $45.00
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BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada


Liz Kennedy


Kit Fee:
$10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Kit Includes:
3"x3" piece of 24 gauge Copper sheet. 2 Jump rings. Use of instructor's tools during class time. Please note students must supply or purchase their own cabochon. It is not included in the kit. A chain to hang your pendant on is not provided.

How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.