Make rings and set stones! You can do it and Kate makes it easy in this online class. First, learn to size and fabricate a band ring. Next, make a bezel, solder it to the band and set a stone. You will want to make a ring for every finger!
This class has a running time of 96 minutes.
Kate walks through each step of everything she teaches clearly and explains in detail. I will be watching only from Kate from now on.
One thing surprised me though - I've never set a cabochon before completely finishing the setting. I do all my sanding & polishing BEFORE I set the stone. The risk of scratching a softer stone is too great otherwise. Also I prefer to use a bezel rocker or pusher first, then final with a steel or agate burnisher, this way it isn't necessary to thin the bezel.
On a general side note, it would be nice if this site offered videos of common problems that beginners run into like ripples in a bezel, gaps between the bezel & the back plate, and opening the bezel seam when soldering on to the back plate.
Thank you very much for these quality videos and the time that goes into producing them!