Kim St. Jean is a bit of a legend when it comes to metal work.
After reading her book, Mixed Metal Mania, I tried fold forming. The results were not pretty. Seriously, not pretty.
When I saw Kim's "Fold Form Cuff with a Bezel Set Stone" class, I knew I had to take it.
There is a huge difference between reading a book and watching Kim do the techniques. I may have mentioned before, but having a teacher to guide you sometimes makes all the difference.
In addition to fold forming, we also created a bezel setting for a stone. We did this with a jewelers saw and a very, very small saw blade.
I had always been scared to use a jewelers saw and was a bit intimidated. I was both happy and surprised that it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I may not be investing in a saw soon, but I won't be scared of it any more.
By the end of class, I had created something cool.
Kim was a great teacher. You can find her books, Mixed Metal Mania and and Metal Magic, on Amazon.