Dear Ron ,MillsGem@aol.com
That sounds like a great tip with the eye screw ,probably more
successful then the modified bent bur for burnishing pits , If one
does not do a lot of setting a few well shaped chasing tools with a
chasing hammer is great and cheap, I like to insert my punches into
a clear plastic tube so that one has a little more to grip on ,simply
heat the plastic in hot water and slide over the steel shaft .
One other tip I have not seen many use are those great little
automatic center punches ,they are spring loaded and adjustable.They
come with a flat end which is useful for riveting and channel setting
diamonds( experienced pros only please) ,they can move alot of metal
quickly .Really I have never chipped or broken any diamonds this
way.I am sure to only set well cut diamonds this way.The aluminum
handle one usually blue,has a nice amount of pressure.
You must be congratulated on you effort in Africa ,we have tried to
send items to my daughters pen pal ,the only thing that is safe to
get thru are seed packets ,so many troubles in that part of the world
.We are all truly blessed.