Tony, Indeed, the instructions were worthless and I had the same
trouble to begin with. The one I have is called a "Claw Setting Jig"
I have successfully been making the sizes around 1ct and I’ll try to
explain what I’m doing. 1. Put the appropriate jig (4 or 6 prong) in
the stand. 2. Select a cover that fits down at or below the jig top
to hold wires in while forming. 3. Cut a wire (about 17ga or 1X1 mm
square ) so it bottoms out in the jig slot and will bend at the top to
slightly past centerline. 4. Cut remaining wires the same length and
file both ends. The part that will fold on top the jig will end up
filed at a slight point so they all meet. Confirm your fit/length
then cut as many as you’ll want to make in a sitting. 5. After folding
all togather to fit on top, I set it on an anvil and hammer it to
tighten the fit. You won’t have to spend near as much time fitting if
you do this way. 6. Flux & solder all ends togather with hard solder.
Use pliers to pull off and pickle. Your jig will be very hot and
holds heat long so be careful. (I won’t explain why I know). 7.
Spread and trim prongs to fit your stone size then mount your
You can solder a wire around the setting (halfway down) if you plan
on leaving it tall. That will help its stability.
I hope this helps. After the first couple, it goes a lot quicker and
it is a good way to cover many sizes with smaller stock or make a
quick replacement. Regis