3-hour jewelry workshop in florence: stone inlay

Lonneke and Arjan with their finished jewelry pieces
Lonneke and Arjan with their finished jewelry pieces

Lonneke and Arjan came to Florence for a few days on holiday from the Netherlands. They took a 3-hour workshop with me and learned the crushed stone inlay process. Lonneke is an experienced jeweler who wanted to add a new technique to her repertoire. Arjan had very little to no experience with making jewelry and wanted to do something fun. Both were able to finish their stone inlay pieces in just 3 hours.

Lonneke had in mind to create a design based on the plan of a petite walled village in Northern France: Montmedy, and used this vintage map for her template. Ironically, it looks rather like a 2D diamond shape – perfect for this application, and perhaps inspired by my Barletta Fortress pendant.

Montmedy (France) 1776 map
Montmedy (France) 1776 map

She quickly pierced and sawed the details of the plan in the top layer of silver, filed the edges, soldered it onto the back sheet, and then sawed around the perimeter.

Hand-sawing the silver sheet

Sawing and soldering

Arjan did the same with his fleur di lys brass pendant/keychain – his first time with the jeweler’s saw and the soldering torch!

Soldering brass

Inlay frame soldered onto back sheet

Filling the crushed stone

Once soldering was completed, they carefully filled the frames with the crushed stone and epoxy. After allowed to dry, excess stone and epoxy was rigorously sanded away and the pieces were polished.

Lapis lazuli stone inlay fleur di lys pendant with brass
Arjan’s lapis lazuli stone inlay fleur di lys pendant/keychain in brass
Malachite stone inlay and sterling silver pendant
Lonneke’s malachite stone inlay and sterling silver pendant of Montmedy

Visit Lonneke’s website: www.lonnekekeuten.nl

For information about a bespoke jewelry class or workshop in a well equipped studio in the center of Florence, Italy, for one or more people, contact me.

art925.com: 3 hour jewelry workshop in Florence, Italy

See other examples of 3-hour jewelry workshops:

Rustic silver ring
Fleur de lis keychain
Fleur de lis pendant

Convex ring in sterling silver with flower
Convex ring in sterling silver

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