Hey! I’m new to the ringmaking community. Decided to make an engagement ring for my soon to be fiance, as I love to make everything. Through all the research I’ve done though I can’t seem to get answers to some things. I’m making a prong setting by soldering 6 14k gold wires into a basket. (Diamond is 0.39 karrot)
is there a recommended gauge size that I need to use? I’ve been practicing with 22 ga brass, is that too thin? (thinking durability)
How do I make sure my prongs are hard, if I use 1/2 hard wire, then when I solder, it’ll anneal them. Does simply bending them when setting the diamond work harden them enough?
Any advice on holding the prongs aligned and even as I solder them all together? (I dont want to use an under bezel)