Hello everyone, I’m interested in trying to set some very small
faceted stones in a pave style. I have no experience or previous
instruction so I’m kind of flying blind here. I have only the book
-The Complete Metalsmith- by Tim McCreight to go by and the
instructions are a bit unclear to me. He refers to using a beading
tool to give a clean, rounded shape to the prongs. My English tool
catalogues make no mention of any such tool, but from the one
illustration in his book it appears to be a just a tapered steel
point. Can anyone help me to understand how this tool is used or what
it might be called in the UK?
At the risk of exposing my ignorance even more, I’ll ask one more
question. What is a milgrain tool and how is it used? It appears from
the ilustration that it gives a textured line on the metal?. Is it
rolled along the metal, stamped? They come in sizes from 1 to 15, what
do these sizes correspond to?
I’m Sorry to post such basic questions. I know, I should just go in
the store and ask them but it’s less embarassing to do it here. Thanks
in advance for any help you guys can offer.