Make Your Own Stone Setting Tool

Learn how to turn a nail into a great stone setting tool - with stone setting tips too!

Course Summary

 Make Your Own Stone Setting Tool is an Intermediate Silversmithing class  with a difference! Although some jewellery making hints and tips are,  of course included in the class, the main focus of the videos is  teaching you how to turn a simple steel nail into a wonderfully useful  stone setting tool - both a bezel pusher and a burnisher!

There are plenty of different types of stone setting tools available  on the market, however learning how to make your own is a very useful  skill as not all standard tools are suitable for setting stones that are  close together, or close to other elements of the design as in the case  of the ring shown in this video class. A traditional bezel pusher  cannot fit between the petals of the flowers and the bezel walls to set  the stone, but it doesn't take long to turn a simple steel nail into a  tool that does the job nicely. I will also discuss how to turn  screwdrivers into useful tool.

Although this video class doesn't cover all the details of how to  make the amethyst and flower ring shown above I will recap the basics of  ring making and go into more detail of how to solder three elements  neatly on top of a ring - and I will of course set the amethyst using  the tool I have made! This project was designed as part of the Facebook challenge #ringamonth2019

If you haven't already watched them then you will find the Simple Hammered Ring class and the Stone Set Ring class very useful, and they can be found together with this class in the Rings course bundle. This class is also part of the Intermediate Silversmithing course bundle.

1 hour 6 mins long

Materials needed for the tool: steel nail and wooden handle
Materials needed for the ring: 2mm round sterling silver wire, small amount of silver sheet, small cabochon stone, bezel strip to fit your stone

Course Curriculum

"I modified lots of knives and tools whilst a bookbinding student, but hadn't got round to doing any for my silversmithing. This has prompted me to get my whetstone from the loft, and have a nose in the shed (and also I'll be checking old tool shops and our local tip!) to see what I can modify. I hadn't expected there to be a ring tutorial with this, so that was a bonus."
Dawn G.
"I'd never thought of making my own burnisher to get into those tight spaces - but I've made two now using your class! Great idea!"
Petra F.
"Great to learn how to make a pusher/burnisher for those tricky little  jobs which are otherwise hard to do. I liked seeing how to set multiple  elements on a ring shank as well."
Diana H.

Course Pricing

  • Make Your Own Stone Setting Tool
  • £25

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