Setting with Air Tools with Harry Forster-Stringer

03 Nov 2023 - 04 Nov 2023 · 9AM - 4.30PM
£459 (6 places)
Specialist Workshop
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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This two-day short course will cover the most recent methods of using air tools and microscopes to arrange diamonds and precious stones cleanly and seamlessly across a surface.

Under expert tuition from award-winning Goldsmith Harry Forster-Stringer, join our short course which will cover micro-setting skills through demonstration and individual practice.

“The course was interesting and challenging. Harry was knowledgeable and sympathetic to each student's needs, as well as a generous mine of useful information on tools, techniques and tricks of the trade.”

– Course participant

What will I learn?

  • Setting up your bench to work effectively
  • Microscope, hand piece and control set up
  • Preparation of tools (including tools sharpening and polishing for bright cut, especially Carbide gravers)
  • Making specialised tools for setting
  • Marking preparation for drilling and setting
  • See the tools in operation and gain practical experience of using the tools whilst under supervision and with expert guidance
  • By the end of the course, you will have created one piece that you can take home and enjoy
  • The tutor will work with you as a group and individually and will support and guide you through your learning
  • Tips on where best to source equipment needed
  • Type of grain setting covered: pavé, flush and time permitting fishtails setting

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of this setting technique. 


  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes
  • Two pairs of accurate dividers
  • One scriber
  • One flat graver N40
  • One spitstick N4/0
  • One spitstick N5/0
  • Own gravers/spitsticks


  • You can bring your own spritz stick, scorper and other setting tools
  • Spectacles or head visor (if required) to work on small details
  • Stones
  • Drill bits
  • Burrs
  • Beading tools
  • Practice plates
  • GRS equipment

Advanced: A practicing craftsperson looking to further their existing setting skill.

This course is suitable for someone who has good control of the pendant motor and a good grasp of cutting with scorpers.

We believe that talent should not be held back. Here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, we are open, accessible and inclusive to all. Our Access Grants help anyone to build thriving creative careers, supporting jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practitioners to access our training courses for free.


If you need help to cover fees for our business and technical skills short courses, please apply for one of our Access Grants. To find out more and read our application criteria, click here


The Access Grants are delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

If you run a business and you would like to book multiple people from your team onto our training courses, please complete our online enquiry form at

Once you have selected the training course you would like to attend, you will be presented with dates and prices and your booking will be confirmed when payment has been received.

Who is the tutor?

Harry Forster-Stringer is an award-winning professional Goldsmith, Engraver and Enameller based in Nottingham with over 40 years’ trade experience. Starting as a mounter in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, he made the jump to setting 30 years ago. He now covers a variety of techniques such as Stone-setting, Microsetting and Hand Engraving, as well as enamelling skills acquired under the tutelage of recently passed away respected Master Engraver and Enameller, Phil Barnes. He is a highly experienced tutor at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and successful consultant in the jewellery industry.