After all the beads were ready and all my stone seats were carved out, the process of setting stones began. You follow a criss-cross or zig-zag pattern to set the stones by bringing the metal over a stones edge and using a beading tool to make a round half sphere to give the piece a finished appearance. For my first attempt, I am pleased. I want to repeat this same layout a few more times to work out issues and challenges.
String polishing (thrumming) and final polishing to get the ring all gleaming! Anxiously awaiting the stone setting part, we were informed that we would not be setting at this point in time. Huh? That is like saying you can have cake but not the frosting!! Not. Fair. Groan.
I never really have been a fan of prong settings. I now have a new appreciation for them. Especially hand fabricated ones. I find myself looking for new ways to incorporate prongs into my own designs. I think this could be an interesting adventure, Mr. Prong. You and I could become friends. Let's see where this journey takes us...
Metalsmithing maven and mind behind Renee Ford Metals. I make the plain look interesting with fire, hammers & cool tools.