I would like a bit of direction on making a setting for a heart
shaped faceted stone that is going to be used as a pendant.
I’m not the same Frank who is looking at the micro pave bead work.
I’m a lot newer to jewelry making than that, in fact, this will be my
first jewelry project.
What I’m thinking is some sort of open back setting to allow light
through the stone with four prongs to hold the stone.
I would also like to do a type of ‘vining’ curly cues across the
front, not for support but for added interest.
The stone is purple amethyst (my daughter’s birthstone) and I was
thinking argentium for the setting and fancy work. As I said, I don’t
have a lot of experience or tools at this point which is why I’m
looking at argentium (avoiding firescale for now).
I have a mapp/oxygen torch and a butane torch for heat (I’ll need to
pick up fire brick or a charcoal pad), some jewelry pliers and end
cutters, an anvil that I’ve taken down to a semi-mirror finish and an
8 oz ball peen hammer that I’ve put a slightly rounded mirror finish
on the main face and most importantly, an account at Rio Grande.
The first question is, do I have the right equipment (tool-wise) to
make a good stab at creating the setting? If not, what should I be
looking at adding? Is this a good starter project?
Any info would be much appreciated.