Hi Larry, I use differnt ways of laying out a pave:
1.- Having noticed the size of the diamonds, I trust my eyes and space
the marks for the drills ramdomly. Not the best arrange but the
2.- Figuring out a linear pattern. For instance, pave setting a
half-sphere surface, I mark the center first, then, given space for
the center stone, I divide the rest of the surface in a series of
circular rows a little wider than the stones to be set (say 1’9 mm for
stones of 1’7 mm) and space the diamonds in each row. Once all the
holes are done I set the diamonds row by row. If all the diamonds are
spaced equaly, regarding those in the adjacent rows and those within
the same row, the linear pattern is hardly noticeable when the work is
3.- If the pave involves stones that vary in size and I’ve been asked
to set them as close as posible, almost girdles touching, I go
through the bother of spreading a thin layer of bees wax (applying
some heat to the jewel and rubbing a piece of wax on the surface to
be set) and I stick the stones to the surface table facet down, trying
the best possible arrange, and after noting down their position,
remove them, one by one, marking its position. This is a lot time
consuming, but the results are very accurate.
However, for quick stimations of how many diamons of more or less
equal size can go in a given surface, I use the second way, this is
to mentally divide the surface in rows of stones.
Hope this can help. English is not my language. In Spanish I could
give you a better explantion.Bye. Fernando, Spain.