Alex Boyd | The Claw: a prong-set cabochon ring | Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 9:00 am until 4:30 pm



In this class students will learn multiple techniques to make a prong setting for a cabochon in sterling silver with 22k gold prongs.

Once the setting is fabricated I’ll teach how to solder that setting to a ring without compromising any of the many preexisting solder seams.

This will all be done without yellow ochre or whiteout to protect the seams.

Once all the elements are soldered together I’ll show how to shape talon style prongs and set the stone securely.

The ring will then be oxidized with liver of sulfur to give contrast to to the gold and silver.

Along the way many other tips and tricks will be shown that will apply to all sorts of situations, not just this ring.

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Title of class:The Claw: a prong-set cabochon ring

Instructor: Alex Boyd

Date of Class:  February 6, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Type: Techniques and Project

Class Fee: $205

Kit Fee: Kits will start at $185

Kit Includes


12 gauge sterling silver 3 inches long and 1/8 inch wide

12 gauge sheet larger than cabochon on all sides by at least 1/8 of an inch

18 gauge 18k round wire for prongs

Hard silver solder

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Paper jeweler’s rulers

Needle tipped bottles


Liver of sulphur

Baking Soda

Sticky wax

The following will be available for use in class

Torch stations





Soldering surfaces

Quench pots

Pickle pots

Copper Tongs

Student Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Magnification if required

Instructor Email Address:

Instructor Website:

Additional Class Comments

Because this is not a dedicated jewelry/metals studio, we ask you to bring a lot of tools. Some people will be willing to share, but don’t rely on that if there are certain tools you usually work with.



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 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 the class, 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 September!

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