Ace McCasland (aka Studio Luna Verde) | Elevate: exploring the spirit of prong set rings | Friday, January 27, 2023 | 9:00 am until 6:00 pm


Elevate: to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.

Elevate also means ‘to raise the spirits.’

I don’t know about you, but anytime I don my dramatic statement rings, I seem to stand taller, smile more confidently, and feel just a wee bit more,

well, you know, badass.

My spirits are definitely raised.

In this workshop, we will raise our spirits by experimenting with a variety of organic ring bands, including some made entirely of silver scrap, upon which we will perch stately faceted stones on elevated prong settings.

We will discuss and explore a variety of options of how to attach the prong setting to the shank. You should be able to leave class with at least one finished ring, and a few ring bands to either stand alone as they are, or experiment adding settings to at home.

This is an intermediate level class, there will be lots of fussy soldering involved, so remember, take lots of deep breaths, and previous experience with the torch and soldering is highly recommended.

(Images shown are examples of what can be achieved with the techniques learned in class and may not necessarily depict actual results.)

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Instructor: Ace McCasland (aka Studio Luna Verde)

Title of Class: Elevate: exploring the spirit of prong set rings

Date of Class: January 27, 2023

Level: intermediate

Type: project and technique

Class Fee: $225

Kit Fee: $110

Kit includes 

faceted gemstone (variety depends on availability)

note: in order to keep the kit fee down, i will be supplying some simple but fantastic faceted gems, but will also have other fabulous stones available to purchase if you want to go, you know, more dramatic!

18g sterling silver sheet

20g sterling silver sheet

16g sterling silver wire

diamond bur

3M polishing paper

bronze bitlets

and more!

Instructor will have the following for use in class

soldering stations – including torches, soldering platforms, fuel, quench bowls, table protection

pickle pots – including pickle and neutralizer, paper towels

patina pot – including patina, neutralizer, paper towels

flex shafts

three ring mandrels

prong setting pliers

ring bending pliers

copper tongs

knife edge pumice wheel w/ mandrel

snap on sanding discs w/ mandrel

wire solder

Student Supply List

silver scrap (wire, sheet, bezel, whatever you have)

chasing hammer

ballpeen hammer

rawhide hammer or nylon mallet

flush cutters

metal shears (my favorite : Lindstrom Cutter Shears / Rio # 111289)

jewelers saw and blades (#2/0)

wax or cut lube for saw blades

steel bench block with rubber block

bench pin / 3” or 4” C-Clamp to secure bench pin (tables vary in thickness)

pliers – flat nose, chain nose, round nose

files – hand files and needle files

soldering pick

cross lock tweezers

fine tweezers or natural hair paintbrush for placing solder

prong/bezel pusher

prong closing pliers : Rio: # 111885 ( i will have some on hand to sell as well) sharpie


ruler (with mm reading helpful)

sanding sticks and/or sandpaper (220-400 grit) safety glasses

Optional Supply List

extra silver / extra silver scrap ring mandrel

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

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Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!