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Jewelry Workshop: Prongs, Hinges and Gold, Oh My! with Alex Boyd

July 14 @ 9:00 am - July 16 @ 5:00 pm



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Prongs - Hinges - and Gold -Oh My!
$ 585.00
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Jewelry Workshop: Prongs, Hinges and Gold, Oh My! with Alex Boyd

Cost: $595.00 + Materials fee starting at $200 per person payble to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop

In this ADVANCED class students will learn how to build a gold and silver prong setting for a tablet style stone, make a gold and silver bezel setting for a cabochon with a hidden bail and hinge the two elements together. Alex will have many different kits available so every student will make a unique piece. Kits will start at $200. Competence soldering, sawing and bezel setting are useful in this workshop.

Silverwaves Jewelry will be hosting a Trunk Show for Alex on Friday evening 7-9pm. Details TBA. But it’s going to be really cool.

See the tabs below to learn more about this workshop.

Starts at $200, payable to Alex at beginning of workshop.

For in-person classes he will bring kits with a wide variety of stones that include all the metal necessary to make the project. You are welcome to bring your own materials, but the specific dimensions of your stones may require deviating from the class plan to accommodate them. I’ll bring plenty of extra metal to enable adjustments.


– Small cab (sample piece is 15mm x 12mm)

– Large tablet style stone (sample is 28mm x 22mm).925 strip 18 gauge slightly more narrow than tablet, long enough to wrap around

– .925 sheet 20 gauge larger than tablet wrapped in strip

– .925 8 gauge sheet large enough to solder bezel for cab to

– .925 20 gauge strip 3mm wide x 3cm long

– 22k bezel strip 26 gauge long and tall enough to set cab

– 18k round wire 20 gauge 7mm long

– 22k round wire 18 gauge enough to make prongs for tablet

– Hard silver solder

– 18 yellow hard solder

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.

Instructor Alex Boyd

A few notes about the tools. These are all the tools I use in the PDF that accompanies this class to make this project. There are many workarounds if you don’t have all these tools. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE LINKS FOR TOOLS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. The links are just examples of the tools used. There’s a wide range of price and quality for almost everything here.

If this will be an in-person class I’m happy to share my tools with anyone who doesn’t have what they need. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me at alex@alexboydstudio.com  The workshop space has similar tools available for use throughout the workshop.  Please see below and this link for more information available tools.

Each student will have their own jewelry bench, flex shaft and hand tools.

  • Half-round pliers (available in studio)
  • Chain nose pliers (available in studio)
  • Round/flat pliers (available in studio)
  • Flush cutters (available in studio)
  • Parallel pliers
  • Scribe (available in studio)
  • Saw frame (available in studio)
  • 2/0 Blades
  • 6/0 Blades
  • Titanium solder pick (available in studio)
  • Flux (available in studio)
  • Needle-tipped bottle (available in studio)
  • Torch (oxy-propane in studio)
  • Solder block (available in studio)
  • Pickle (available in studio)
  • Steel wire bird’s nest (will make in class)
  • #2 cut barrette hand file
  • #4 cut barrette hand file
  • #2 cut needle file set
  • #5 cut needle file set
  • Planishing hammer
  • Riveting hammer
  • Bench block (available in studio)
  • Sandpaper 180, 320 and 600 grit
  • Something to use for sanding sticks
  • 3M Bristle discs
  • .6 mm drill bit
  • 1mm drill bit
  • 1mm krause bur
  • Dividers
  • 2 -1” square pieces of 18 gauge copper or brass
  • Pin vise
  • Pumice wheel

– Enthusiasm and patience (remember you will be learning a billion new and fun skills for the first time—enjoy the moment and BREATHE)

– 100% cotton apron (I will also have some to borrow)

– Close-toed studio shoes to wear during workshop. WINTER/ RAIN: Studio space is very slippery with wet shoes so we recommend leaving those at the door.

– Reading glasses or magnifiers

– Headband, clip or holder to keep your hair back when soldering

– Notebook and pen/pencil to jot down important ideas, thoughts, etc.

Provided by Chef Lars of Cooking with Lars. And (WOW!), are you in for a treat. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or special food considerations so we can pass that information along to him.

There will also be a tea kettle and complimentary assorted Rishi teas available throughout the day as well as sparkling botanicals available for purchase.

Click the link below for some ideas on where to stay during your visit to Bayfield.

Lodging Ideas

CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Duluth, MN (2 hour drive); Minneapolis, MN (4.5 hour drive)

Silverwaves Jewelry Makers Mark

Cancellation Policy:


25% of fee is considered non-refundable in cases of withdrawal for all students up to 60 days before the workshop. In other words, think carefully before reserving your spot!


Course fee is non-refundable within 45 days of the workshop unless we are able to fill the student’s spot, in which case the 25% fee still applies.


If we cancel a workshop, then 100% of your fee will be reimbursed.


Extra events planned within workshop are nonrefundable.


By signing-up and paying for a workshop, we assume you agree to the cancellation policy listed above.


If you need closer parking due to different abilities, or if you have a question about this workshop, please contact us:


Call the gallery:
(715) 913-0256

Lissa's Mobile:
(414) 550-7015


Workshop 46.8 degrees North. 40 S 2nd St. #105 in Bayfield, WI.

If you are driving North on Hwy. 13, come all the way in to Bayfield and take a right on Manypenny Ave (Blue Tourist Information sign). Drive 4 blocks down (you’ll see Lake Superior ahead) and take a right on 2nd Street to park.

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July 14 @ 9:00 am
July 16 @ 5:00 pm


Workshop 46.8 N
40 S 2nd St. #105
Bayfield, WI 54814 United States
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