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Turtle Tab Setting a Cabochon or Flat Back Crystal or Flat Bead

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cdn $45.00 +Kit fee: $15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Course outline: Here is an opportunity to create a pendant for your favourite cabochon or flat stone bead! With guidance from Liz Kennedy, you’ll set your cabochon in copper sheet metal using tabs which have been cut using shears. Using various stamps, hammers and home-made stamps, you’ll texture the metal, adding strength to your pendant. Finally, a self-bail will be made and you can choose to add a patina to emphasize the textural details. You’ll create your own design and can make your piece as large or as small as you wish. This is a great project for those who want tabs but do not like using a jewellers saw.

Skill level: Beginner

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: Designing a pendant to suit their flat back cabochon (or flat bead). Cutting sheet metal using shears. Use of shears to cut tabs from the edge to centre of pendant and folding them up to hold a cabochon in place. This leaves negative space in the design. It looks a bit like a turtle hence the name. A tab will be cut into the design which will be used to make a bail. Texturing the metal to add strength. Filing, sanding 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 provided so they should bring their own or purchase one.
  • Paper and pencil for planning their design.
  • If they have them: Metal shears, chain nose, flat nose and round nose pliers, flush cutter, leather or rubber mallet, ruler, thin Sharpie marker, bezel pusher.
  • Hammers, stamps of their own that they may want to use to texture the metal. 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.



BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada


Liz Kennedy


Kit Fee:
$15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Kit Includes:
3"x3" piece of 24 gauge copper sheet. Instructor's tools during class time. Paper to use for design, glue to stick the design to the metal sheet. Please note students must supply or purchase their own cabochon, crystal or bead. It is not included in the kit. A chain for hanging your pendant is also 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.