I just received my latest Lapidary Journal and upon seeing the work
in there by Pat Garrette I remembered the millgrain tool discussion.
Was the textured area at the tops of her bezels done with a
millgrain tool? If so, would she have burnished the bezels over the
stones and then used the tool or left the bezels straight up so the
top edge would still be exposed for the tool? Are the little burrs
created by the tool helping to hold the stones in? Also the little
millgrain tool in the Rio catalog sort of resembles a mini pizza
cutter. How can it turn tight corners like that and continue to make
a uniform pattern on the curve?
One more question that comes to mind since I’m in the M part of the
alphabet. How do you pronounce “melee?” I’ve heard it melee (mel
rhymes with bell ) and melee ( mel rhymes with seal) .