I am brand new to flush setting; I just read a long thread about it and am nowhere near the skill level addressed there (I’ve set a couple of stones now, which seem alright to me, but frankly after reading all that detail & opinion I’m feeling almost afraid of it now). Anyway. I set my practice stones in fine silver, basically a ball of it that I added to a ring shank. I’m wondering though if fine silver is too soft to use for a ring? Will it wear away quickly? Many thanks.
Fine silver is generally too soft for rings as they tend to get banged around. You might, as I think you may have, use it to make bezels as it is a bit easier to move over the stone than sterling. I was always disappointed in it because I would get a thin bezel done and it looked nice only to find that it dented easily. I am not sure about flush setting other than when you are done you have a fine silver ring that might get damaged easily or even loosen and let your stone pop out. Others may have better ideas. Good luck…Rob
Thanks Rob. The shank itself is sterling on these two rings, it’s just the little ball with the stone in it that’s fine silver. I used that because I thought it would be easier for practicing on, but I really like the way it looks. I think fs should be fine for studs and small pendants. I’ll probably switch to sterling for the rings, just in case. Cheerio, Sue
Sounds like a plan. Good luck…Rob
Practice on a thick sheet of copper drill about 30 holes and go from there.