Studio Luna Verde | Dancing with Fire: prongs, prongs, PRONGS! | Monday, September 11, 2023 through Friday, September 15, 2023 (five days) | 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily


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In this five day workshop intensive, we will explore the many facets of my unconventional, and now signature, approach to prong setting.

We will start with using unusual techniques to grasp a cabochon (or two or three) for a dramatic necklace, incorporating silver organic elements for texture and intrigue, experimenting with simple hinges to add movement, and discussing the importance of making your own chain and findings.

we will move on to a smaller scale of prong setting earrings (also incorporating movement), then even smaller to explore a variety of prong set styles for rings, some cabochon, some faceted.

Be prepared to experiment.

Be prepared to tell stories.

Be prepared to laugh at my silly jokes.

Be prepared to dance with fire!

How fun it would be if we could all stay at the same hotel throughout our retreat!

We’ve checked around the neighborhood, and rooms at Embassy Suites by Hilton – Phoenix Tempe are clean, affordable and the hotel offers great amenities.

Are you a Hilton Honors member? Book your room directly through their website for the best rates.

Are you a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards member? You can book your room here and receive special rates and mileage points.

The rooms will be very affordable and can sleep up to four guests at no extra charge. A hearty breakfast and Happy Hour are included in the room rate.

The sooner you book your stay, the better your rate! Do it today!

If you’d like to share with another Vivi Magoo student, let us know, and we can help find the perfect roommate for you!


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Instructor: Studio Luna Verde aka Ace McCasland

Title of Class: Dancing with Fire : prongs, prongs, PRONGS!

Date of Class: September 11 ~15, 2023 (five days)

Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm daily

Level: For the advanced beginner / intermediate metalsmith. Prior experience with a torch is highly, highly recommended. 

Type: Technique 

Class Fee: $1395

Kit Fee: $TBD

*Kit fee may vary a bit due to fluctuating prices of precious metals.

Kit includes the following

Students will be provided the following in class

soldering stations – torches, fuel, solder, flux, platforms, quench bowls, towels, splitters, hoses and torch tips


patina – LOS

Baking Soda for neutralizer

Dawn, paper towels, dishpans for water

Flex shafts

rolling mill

Student Supply List

silver to be determined

sterling silver scrap

safety glasses

jewelers saw and blades (#2/0)

pliers – flat nose, chain nose, round nose

files – hand files and needle files

cross lock tweezers



ruler (with mm reading helpful)

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

chasing hammer

ballpeen hammer

rawhide hammer or nylon mallet


center punch

flush cutters

cut lube or wax for burs / saw blades

pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose

prong pusher

bezel rocker / burnisher

Optional Supply List

extra metal

Extra wire

work light

Safety glasses/Magnifiers/Optivisor

*** For the advanced beginner / intermediate metalsmith. Prior experience with a torch is highly, highly recommended. 

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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 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!