Prongs, Hinges and Gold, Oh, My!


Alex Boyd


Saturday - Sunday
April 22-23, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT


2 Day Workshop

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Course Description

In this class students will make a prong setting for a tablet style stone in 22k gold and sterling silver. The tablet setting will be attached via hinge to a bezel set cabochon with a hidden bail. Techniques covered will include mixing gold and silver for maximum effect, hinge building, prong setting or large stones, bezel setting, complex fabrication, texturing, patination and many other tips and tricks. 

PREREQUISITE: Advanced metalsmithing skills


I will have kits available starting at $80 and going up from there. For in-person students I’ll bring a wide selection of kits to pick from. Virtual students will be able to purchase a kit from my website. I take cash, check, credit/debit cards, PayPal, Zelle and Venmo. If students have their own materials they’d prefer to work with, that’s fine too. Refer to the supply list linked below for full details on all tools and materials required for this course.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Artist Assistant (TBA)

Supply List_Prongs Hinges and Gold
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Course Schedule

April 22, 2023
April 23, 2023

Alex Boyd

Alex Boyd

When Alex Boyd was a young boy he stole an enchanted ring from a powerful bruja. That night his slumber was disturbed by a tapping at his window. When he slid the window open a huge raven rushed in, flew around the room and perched on his bookshelf. "I know what you have taken from me," the raven cawed. "I don't know what you’re talking about," Alex lied, hiding his bejeweled finger behind his back. "No matter. It is your problem now. The wearer of that ring is indentured to create more talismans of power, either for 1000 years or until he makes something so sublime, so perfect, so beautiful that the spell is broken and he is freed." "1000 years it is," Alex said as he thrust the raven out the window and slammed it shut behind her. He has been making jewelry ever since.