Choose your mentors carefully.
How true John.
Youtube has many great jewellery videos, but sadly there are too
many self professed "masters" who are just morons.
Saw one the other day where a lady demonstrated a flexi. Bent it way
past 90 degrees and turned it on. Had she read the manual? NO.
Also in another video a bezel cup was soldered to a ring. The
professor his apron said so melted solder on the bezel cap and the
put the ring in a third hand and put the bezel cup on top of the ring
and heated till it soldered. Of course it moved around and he used a
pick to put it back in place.
Then demonstrated how NOT to use a bezel rocker.
I teach teenagers to make these rings. Use solder paste, easy
solder, put on filed flat part of ring shank place shank on bezel cup
and solder. No drama, no movement. Just a quick easy solder.
If you are going to spend money on a class look at the teachers
work, under a loupe.
I have seen gem setting teachers whose work is so bad, bezels not
down, claws not rounded and down etc. and they want $300 of your
hard earned for a weekend course. They make a few grand and you learn
to make sh*t.
Newbies check the Orchid archives first or the likes of the Society
of American Silversmiths. Jeffery and others have put together a great
resource and it is free. And if you still need answers just post