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[Source] Brass rings to practice stone setting


#1

Greetings all,

Just finished viewing chapter one of Blaine Lewis’ Bezel & Flush
settings DVD. Really psyched on the quality of the techniques and
computer graphics included. Now I’m looking for a source for ring
designs in brass for my students to practice on (as well as myself,
natch) Any idea for sources?

Ruthie Cohen


#2

Hi Ruthie,

I was able to get some brass rings for flush settings from Glendo
Corp. glendo.com ask for Shelley Finley or Josh (he works for her)
800-835-3519. they are great to work with and you should be able to
find something to work for you.

Jennifer Friedman
Ventura, Ca


#3
Now I'm looking for a source for ring designs in brass for my
students to practice on (as well as myself, natch) Any idea for
sources? 

When I taught a setting class, I simply carved a couple multipurpose
models in wax, cast them, made some molds, and cast up a bunch in
bronze on my own. You could also, if you don’t do your own casting,
do that multipurpose wax, and give it to any decent casting company
to reproduce. The advantage is that this way, the ring or whatever,
fits what you wish to teach…

By multipurpose, by the way, I mean rings that could be set a number
of different ways, so one model could teach several techniques. The
model I made would not have been a good ring, since it actually had
four “top” surfaces, each a different setting problem. Looked weird,
but you could hold it securely in a ring clamp with any of those four
sides facing up, so students could use one model for several types of
practice…

If the class had allowed more time, I’d have had them carve their
own models, but that would have been pushing the limits, and there
were other things I wanted them to learn as well…

Peter


#4

GRS tools sells practice brass mountings.