- they have the widest
range of sterling prong settings I can find. Since I teach
stonesetting so much, I prefer to use silver rather than gold to
demo. Also, Stuller now makes more of their settings in silver, so
you can order the settings you need. I buy from both. Rio Grande has
a selectionof sterling prongs as well.
Don't forget you need to buy round ball burs, stonesetting burs, and
a few hart (yes, it is spelled H-A-R-T) burs, probably 70% or 90%
angle. Rather than buy a whole set of burs at $125 and up, order the
sizes you need, like 5mm, 6mm, 7mm, so forth. That's what I usually
Keep in mind almost all sterling prongs are casted, and pre-notched.
Only a few settings are not pre-notched. A flex shaft is best for
cutting the seat, and avoid using a Dremel, for you need the foot
pedal of the flex shaft to slow speed down. Slower speeds are better
than fast speeds, and try to only cut 40% of the prong away, so that
you have at least 55-60% of the prong left to bend over stones.
You can borrow Stoneseting by John Cogswell from the local library,
or they can get it for you.
Sorry for lengthy message - I'm a jewelry teacher and can't stop
Greetings everyone. I'm not typing on my Ipad for once so hopefully
my word spacing does not appear with errors like it magically does
when I compose email from an Ipad.