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