Learn to Prepare Stones and Create Gemstone Inlay Jewelry with Jeff Fulkerson
If you can never seem to get enough gemstones in your jewelry designs, try inlay! Stone inlay is an artistic way to create jewelry featuring the limitless colors and textures that gemstones provide. Typical gem-set jewelry is great, but inlay can be even better, with more stones, more color, and more pizzazz! And we have a wonderful way for you to learn all about inlay in Jeff Fulkerson's upcoming live web seminar, Mastering Inlay Methods with Jeff Fulkerson.
Inlay differs from traditional bezel-set cabochons in that you form the metal frame first and then you cut the stone to fit into that metal frame. Jeff explains the whole fun process with detailed steps and images in his webinar presentation. Making the metal frames and forms needed for inlay is achievable with basic soldering and metal forming skills, by using frames cut from sheet or building channels using triangle-shaped wire. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want and as your skills allow. Then you get to cut the stones to fit into the frame or base that you've made, resulting in a completely handmade and hand-fabricated piece full of color, texture, and the value that genuine gemstones provide.
"You can make your metalwork the way you want it," Jeff says. With inlay, "you control your metalwork and you control your stones." In the webinar, you'll learn:
- the difference between intarsia and inlay
- roughing out, shaping and polishing your stones
- how to fit stones together
- securing your stones into your frame
- how to create inlay dots and lines for fun design elements
- how to include fine metal lines in stones, and more!
Join us for Jeff's live web seminar, Mastering Inlay Methods with Jeff Fulkerson, at 1pm ET on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He's such a fun, knowledgeable, and interesting teacher–you couldn't learn inlay from anyone better and I know you will enjoy every minute of it!