here is a tip
reduce the size of your chip curls. precious metals are quite soft
and you can get a healthy curl over a stone to use the beading tool
on. with stainless you need to make sure your graver is very sharp
and place your graver on the metal much closer than you would
normally on precious metals. cut the curl at a shallower angle and
use a smaller beading tool than you would normally use.
stainless is harder and less malleable so you wont need as large a
bead to secure the stones. if you make it to large you run the risk
of breaking it off when you turn the bead.
when cutting the border don’t try to cut deep you will also need to
cut closer to the stones. this all means that you need to be very
accurate when drilling and forming your seat but you will be able to
set a larger stone in a smaller area.
hope this helps