I took my first class at Farrin O'Connor Design Studio. It was called Trapped Faceted Stones. Instructor: Carl Stanley. He is quite talented. We learned Carl’s unique way to set faceted stones withoutsoldering. I started out with a plain piece of 2" x 2" metal sheet. I used lots of cool tools (rolling mill to produce texture, metal punches, files, flexshaft to "score" the metal, belt sander), and got good practice soldering multiple times ("valley" where metal was scored, top cap, bottom cap & bail). I am quite pleased with the way mine turned out.