I am getting back to the bench after a hiatus and am very interested
in pursuing bead setting and pave, the kind of work one finds in
Edwardian and Art Deco designs, which are my favorites. I have the
GRS Benchmate system and am thinking of getting a block, either the
GRS mini or the standard.
I am also looking at the air-driven graver systems.
So, since I am a small person with relatively little hand strength
compared to a man, is this a reasonable avenue on which to embark?
Does the idea of an air-driven system make sense or is bead setting
something that is more easily accomplished through annealing the
setting prior to setting, and proper sharpening of course? I have
tried previously to use the gravers but slipped a lot and got
discouraged. Marring the metal is obviously not a good idea and
certainly no fun to have to repair.
I ordered a dvd by Gerry Lewy on bead setting which should arrive in
a few days which should answer some of these and other questions I
have but I thought to ask the group for tips since I am eager to get
Thanks in advance,