AIC Level One Syllabus

Testing hours

  • 19.5 hrs testing time at JSI test site (3 days at 8 hrs per day, including lunch and break times - 6.5 hrs actual testing per day), OR 3 months time limit for proctored test of 19.5 hrs testing time.

  • 6 projects and a written exam. 

  • 150 points possible - 105 must be correct to pass, time over penalty = 5 points per 30 minutes

Day 1:

Written exam:

  • 1 hr - 25 questions (50 points in total)

Project 1) Stacking ring: 1.5 hrs (fused) - 10 points

Materials:

  • 2mm (12ga) wire x 203.2mm (8”) (ring stack)

Fabrication:

  • Rings are size 7 (tolerance of ¼ size) 

  • Rings are stacked straight 

  • Rings are round 

  • Rings are all the same size 

  • Rings are even thickness throughout with no thin spots 

Fusing:

  • Seams between rings are not under-fused (dark shadow between rings indicates weak contact) 

  • Seams between rings are not over-fused and flooded (fail - must redo) 

Polishing and finishing:

  • (Timing does not include time in the kiln to harden)

  • No visible tool marks 

  • Finish is high polish 

  • No scratches inside ring 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

Project 2) Ring with bezel: 4 hrs (fused and soldered) - 20 points

Materials: 

  • 1.3mm (16ga) sheet x 9mm (0.354”) x 60mm (2.362”) (ring blank)

  • 9 x 7 oval cab 

  • 0.5mm (24ga) sheet x 4mm (0.157”) x 30mm (1.181”) (step bezel)

  • 0.5mm (24ga) sheet x 2mm (0.079”) x 30mm (1.181”) (step bezel)

  • Hard / Medium-Hard Argentium solder (soldering bezel into shank, or may be fused)

Fabrication:

  • Ring is size 7 (tolerance of ¼ size) 

  • Ring is round 

  • Thickness of ring is even throughout (no thin spots) 

  • Bezel is correct height 

  • Bezel is soldered straight (not crooked on shank) 

  • Bezel is touching stone with no gaps 

Texture:

  • Hammered texture is even throughout

  • Fusing and soldering:

  • (Option of fusing or soldering)

  • Bezel is fused properly with no pits in seam 

  • Texture on shank is not flooded with solder where bezel meets shank 

  • No excess solder visible inside ring 

Setting:

  • Stone is level 

  • Stone is straight, not crooked 

  • Stone is not scratched 

  • Stone is set at proper height in bezel 

  • Burnished or bright cut edge of bezel next to stone 

Polishing and finishing:

  • (Timing does not include time in the kiln to harden)

  • Seam is invisible on bezel 

  • No visible tool marks on bezel 

  • Side edges of ring are filed and finished 

  • Edges have no tool marks 

  • Finish is high polish with no visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

Day 2:

Project 3) Hollow form half round ring: 2.5 hrs (choice of fused or soldered) - 10 points

 

Materials: 

  • 0.8mm (20ga) sheet x 10mm (0.394”) x 153mm (6”) (ring blanks)

  • Hard / Medium-Hard / Easy Argentium solder (fabrication)

 

Fabrication: 

  • Ring is size 7 (tolerance of ¼ size) 

  • Ring is round 

  • Ring is even thickness throughout using or soldering

  • No visible seam 

  • No pits in seam 

 

Polishing and finishing: 

  • (Timing does not include time in the kiln to harden)

  • No visible tool marks 

  • Edges of ring finished with no scratches 

  • No scratches inside ring 

  • Finish is high polish 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

Project 4) Pendant with bezel and bale: 4 hrs (fused and soldered) - 35 points

 

Materials: 

  • (wirework and granules)

  • 8 x 6 cab onyx 

  • Medium Argentium solder (soldering bale) 

 

Fabrication - bale: 

  • Bale is symmetrical 

  • Bale is formed to a proper shape with no kinks 

  • Movement is not binding 

  • Jumpring is proper size (1mm to 1.5mm ID) 

  • Fusing is complete and not under-fused and weak (shadowunder wires) 

  • Bale is not over-fused (fail - must redo) 

  • Bale has the right amount of play (no excess length of wire going through jumpring) 

  • Jumpring is centered on pendant 

 

Fabrication - pendant:

  • Wires are evenly spaced 

  • Wires are round 

  • Pendant is round 

  • Wires are not over-fused and flooded 

  • Wires are not under-fused with shadows under them 

  • Granules are consistent size 

  • Granules are not over-fired and flooded (fail - must redo) 

  • Granules are not under-fired and weak (dark shadow underneath) 

 

Soldering - bale: 

  • Solder is not excessive

 

Setting:

  • Bezel is proper height 

  • Bezel seat is cut to proper depth 

  • Bezel covers proper amount of stone 

  • Stone is not scratched 

  • Stone is straight 

  • Stone is level 

  • Burnished or bright cut edge of bezel next to stone 

 

Polishing and finishing:

  • Fused seams of wires are invisible 

  • No visible tool marks on wires 

  • Bezel has no tool marks 

  • Inside circle has no tool marks 

  • No scratches on base sheet 

  • Finish is even and lustrous 

  • Edges are finished on bale 

  • No tool marks on bale 

  • Edges of round pendant are smooth and finished 

  • Edges of round pendant have no scratches or tool marks 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks

Day 3: 

Project 5) Hollow form lentil bead: 2.5 hrs (fused) - 15 points

 

Materials: 

  • 0.65mm (22ga) discs x 25.4mm (1”) diameter x 2pcs (discs for bead)

  • 0.8mm (20ga) wire x 609.6mm (24”) (wirework for bead) 

 

Fabrication:

  • Domed halves are same curvature (one not deeper than the other) 

  • Seam is fused evenly 

  • Seam meets properly (filed to meet at point) 

  • Domes are same size (one does not stick out past the other) 

 

Fusing:

  • Bead is lentil shape 

  • Bead is not ‘out of round’ 

  • Holes are centered 

  • Wires are not over-fused and flooded (fail - must redo) 

  • Wires are not under-fused with shadows under them 

 

Polishing and finishing:

  • Holes are finished inside with no tool marks 

  • Finish is even and lustrous 

  • No tool marks on base 

  • No visible tool marks on wires 

  • No scratches on domes 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

 

Project 6) Chain and clasp: 4 hrs (choice of fused or soldered) - 10 points

 

Materials:

  • 1.3mm (16ga) x 914.4mm (36”) (chain links) 

  • 2mm (12ga) x 152.4mm (6”) (toggle and bar)

  • Hard / Medium-Hard / Easy Argentium solder (fabrication)

 

Fabrication: 

  • Links are round 

  • Links are even size - dowel size 3/16” (5mm) 

  • Toggle functions properly 

  • Chain is 177.8mm (7”) length - 6.35mm (0.25”) variance allowed 

 

Soldering or fusing: 

  • No excess solder on links 

  • No excess solder on toggle clasp 

  • Seams are not visible 

 

Polishing and finishing:

  • No visible tool marks on clasp 

  • No visible tool marks on wires 

  • Finish is bright and lustrous 

  • No visible polishing compounds, fingerprints or watermarks 

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