Setting Small Stones in Metal Clay by Karen Trexler

In this video, you'll learn Karen's technique for setting small stones. She's adapted the tube setting technique she learned from metalsmithing and brought it into the world of metal clay.


Karen discovered her interest in jewelry and metalsmithing in 2009 when she took a jewelry class in high school. Thoroughly hooked on making and interested in expanding upon the basics of metalsmithing that she acquired from this class, she continued to study metalsmithing and jewelry design in college and received a BFA from Ball State University. Karen then continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and received her MFA in the spring of 2018 before joining the Cool Tools team.

The tools and supplies used in this video are listed below.

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    EZ960® Sterling Silver Clay
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    Stone Setting Bur
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    Hand Drill Set - 11 Piece
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    Drill Set - 6 Piece
    Drill Set - 6 Piece This handy little set comes with 6 drills for any project. Stay organized with the storage vial that keeps all the drill bits inside the handle, making it very convenient. Keep ...
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    Swiss Saw Blades - 1 Dozen
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    Tropical Shine Sanding Stick
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    Tweezers - Stainless Steel Fine Point - Extra Large
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    Work Surface & Snake Maker - Acrylic - Narrow
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    Cool Tools Clayboard Non-Stick Rolling Surface 9" x 9"
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    Tuff Cards Non-stick Project Cards 2.5" x 3.5" - Black
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    The Wick-Away - 2 sided container with sponge
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    Sunshine Sanding Sticks - 2 Piece Set
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    Jewelers' Saw - German - 2-1/4"
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    Spiral Hand Drill
    Spiral Hand Drill Used for fine work this European-made drill is spring-loaded with a steel chuck. Drill is 4-1/2" long and accepts No. 69 through No. 80 drills.

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