Ya’know, you have chosen a rather ambitious starter project. A
successful outcome is. well, I’m afraid you might struggle mightily
and become discouraged. It would be better to make something that is
less complicated. You would need to purchase more tools - files and
polishing materials at a minimum - and a good reference book with
drawings or photos showing step-by-step how to proceed. Not to
mention that setting the stone will present a challenge. Have you
ever seen a stone set?
However if you wish to try your hand, may I suggest that you
purchase from Rio a pre-made pendant heart mounting (preferably
pre-notched) and do a bit of soldering to attach some wires to the
side of the setting. You can enhance the mounting with some curlicues
formed with your round-nose pliers AFTER the stone is set. Sort of a
combo solder and wire-wrap.
You will need needle files to adjust the notches so that they fit
the girdle of the stone. Once the fit is complete, pliers are used to
gently bend the prongs over the girdle and against the stone. If the
prongs are not pre-notched, then you will need lots of patience to
slowly cut the notches with your files. Get GOOD files. The economy
version will work, but here is where you should begin considering
your equipment an investment and as such, buy the best you can
afford! Prong tips should be rounded and polished after the stone is
set. Although your files can accomplish this, you could rotate a cup
bur with your fingers to round the prong tips, and carefully polish
by hand with a series of abrasive papers.
Now, if the dimensions of the stone don’t allow use of a pre-made
mounting, I’m uneasy about you tackling construction of a pronged
mounting and setting the stone, without a mentor and more tools than
you probably want to buy right now.
Yeah, I do think that this is NOT a good starter project. If I was
your teacher, I’d be proposing something much more basic to begin.
Let us know what you decide to do, OK?
Judy in Kansas, where just as the snow finally melted off the
driveway, another winter storm rolls in and, so far, about 3 inches
of the white stuff.