I am trying to get a piece finished for a client for Christmas. Last
night I was close to throwing the whole piece across my studio. I
have 5 faceted stones to set. I have soldered on my tubes, created
seats firstly with a setting bur then switching to a bud bur.
Problem # 1 - my stones will not sit level. So also tried a hart bur
to see whether this would help create a better seat I finally managed
to get the stones into place sitting nicely in their tubes. And so I
proceeded to set them with a setting punch. I have used this often
and it does work nicely.
Problem # 2 - on testing that the stones were “caught”, using
toothpick to push up from the bottom, each one of them popped back
out. I put pressure on the tube and I can see that the edges have
moved inwards. But they are just not holding the stones. I also
tried to burnish by hand and this still isn’t working. And now I
realise that I have been work hardening the metal each time, that
it’s going to get harder and harder.
Perhaps my walls are still too thick, thus trying to move too much
metal over the girdle. But everything I have read, mentions that
0.2mm is a good thickness (mine is probably just that). I will
return to the piece and gently file down the walls, making it
slightly thinner. But apart from this, I am at a complete loss.
This happened last week on another piece which was consequently
I have just read the wonderful article on Ganoksin by Charles
Lewton-Brain and it all makes perfect sense.
What am I doing wrong? It’s worked on plenty of other pieces.
Can anyone help? I want to get this piece done and out the door,
hopefully never to set eyes on it again!
Thank you everyone, anyone, someone?