One of the great things about working in silver is the fact it is so malleable, and the way you can move and manipulate it, it is almost like putty at times. I finished a little recycled silver nugget pendant yesterday, and if you tried to replicate what I did, you see what I am talking about, especially with a little heat from the torch, it works like soft butter. Today I am going to set a small stone into the same pendant, just to “jazz” it up.
I am using a 2mm synthetic ruby for this example, which are relatively inexpensive, have great color, and are cut very similar to a diamond, with a fairly thin girdle, which makes for easy setting. First I locate a place to set the stone, here I found a spot that had a bit of a valley, with plenty of thickness for setting. Next I drilled a hole through the pendant with a 1.2mm Ball Bur. Then I drill the stone seat with a 2.0mm Hart Setting Bur, making sure I drill deep enough to allow the girdle of the stone to be barely lower than the surface of the silver pendant.
Now I am using a small Beading Tool (a tool with a concave dimple in the end) to “raise a bead” from the surrounding metal, to do this, just place the beading tool on some silver, just to the outside of the stone seat, and lightly push the metal over the stone, so that there is about 1/4 to 1/3 of the bead actually over the edge of the stone. Use light pressure, and a circular motion, rotating the tool with your wrist, not “spinning” the tool, but rotating it. Soon I will be adding videos, so I can demonstrate this better. Add 2-3 beads to hold the stone in place.
It doesn’t take much to hold this stone in place, and the silver makes it easy to “move” the prongs/beads into place. Since this is a pendant, it will not be in a “high-impact” area like a ring, so as long as the bead is barely over the stone, you can be certain it is not going to fall out.
Hope you enjoyed this little project. Get some extra scrap silver pieces and play with melting and setting stones in it. you will have fun, and be learning at the same time, what can be better? If you find value in this content, or if you like to keep up to date on the goings-on here, make sure to Subscribe to this Blog Via Email (link in the upper right corner at www.JewelryMonk.com)
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