I believe the bur I need would be bud bur or a ball bur, but what
others come in handy for a beginner?
Kimberly, there's a few replies on this, but they seem a little too
specific for me and maybe you. The #1 bur that you will need and use
for the widest variety of work is the ball bur - I call them round,
but ball is proper. I have a high speed steel set that goes up to
about 15mm, but I also have more for everyday. I don't like "setting"
burs, but many do. I use hart burs, but then I only set
occassionally, I'm not a true diamond setter. I also grind the point
off of a hart bur and use them for all sorts of things. I use cone
squares a LOT, usually single cut, and also inverted cones. Those two
are basically miniature rotary files. And you might think about a
real rotary file sometime, too. Real handy. But the workhorse at the
bench will be the the ball bur. The rest of the burs - flame, wheel,
knife, etc. are mostly special purpose, or people use them and just
get a liking for them for their work. If you're going to set, get
some cup burs, too, ISO 010 or 012 for melee, maybe 018 or 021 for
centers. They are expensive, don't get them if you don't need them,
and use lubricant always. I would echo someone else's advise, too.
Don't go out and spend $1000 on burs. You buy a pack, decide you need
a bigger size, buy those, and gradually you get a collection of what
YOU feel you need. Again, if you're typical, the ball bur is going to
be your everyday bur - very versatile.