Friday, 28 February 2014

Our favourite time-saving cheats for stone setting

Choose a ready made setting

Sterling Silver Bezel Cups are a best-seller! These plain edge bezel cups provide an easy way to set cabochons so you can focus on the rest of your piece. Simply solder to your design and your ready to set your stone. Due to the manufacturing process the bezel cups become work-hardened so will require annealing although this will most likely happen during the soldering process. Simply bezel the cup over the stone using a Bezel Rocker and Burnisher until your stone is held securely in place.

Snap Tight settings are easy as they
simply 'snap' around the stone when pushed holding it tightly in place. These settings for faceted stones are extremely popular as they are so versatile, you can thread the loose settings onto wire to decorate tiaras or you can solder them on to your design.

Gallery Wire Settings are available in pendant, link, earring and ring settings are so easy to use it makes them suitable for beginner. Simply choose a cabochon the corresponding size for your setting and use a Bezel Rocker to push the prongs over the stone and hold it in place.

Save time with Solder Paste

Sterling Silver Solder Paste is much quicker and easier to use than traditional solder. The paste stays where you want it to, making it very simple to use and there is no need for extra flux as it is already mixed in with the paste! Keeps very well if kept airtight. Ideal for those quick single soldering jobs, this solder paste is a must have.

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