Friday, January 11, 2013
These brass settings from the lovely people at Kernowcraft are a really gentle way for beginners to learn stone setting. By Clair Wolfe
KernowCraft sent a wonderful selection of
brass settings with a gorgeous selection of stones for me to test.
The beauty of these gallery-wire style settings is that they are so
easy to set. By simply placing your chosen cabochon into the
setting and then using any number of tools to gently push the
gallery wire claws over the stone, it will be held
WHAT DOES IT DO?
These settings have been designed to make setting a stone as simple as it can possibly be. They allow complete novices the chance to set their own stones and to create very wearable items of jewellery.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
It's not a kit as such, so it is probably better to look at what is available. Kernowcraft are renowned for their variety and quality of gemstones, so there is plenty of choice. I was given a selection of the brass settings along with amethyst, lapis lazuli, Botswana agate and turquoise cabochons. Kernowcraft also have a selection of the settings in silver too.
HOW GOOD ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS?
There are no paper instructions, but the website has the following link: www.kernowcraft.com/blog/new-super-easy-to-set-rings-pendants, which demonstrates the technique needed perfectly.
WHAT ELSE WILL YOU NEED?
If you do not have a bezel rocker (literally meaning to 'rock' the bezel against the stone), then have a look through your tools, or even in your kitchen drawer. Whilst setting the stones, I tried several alternative tools: a burnisher, the side of a pair of round nose pliers as well as the back of a spoon. In fact, a teaspoon is the perfect tool for this job as it is easy to handle and its smooth surface means there is very little chance of damaging the stone.
HOW EASY IS IT TO DO?
Incredibly easy to do, dare I say foolproof?
CAN IT BE ADDED TO?
As this is not a kit or a tool, it cannot be added to. However, once you have had a go, you will want to try many more of the settings.
These are going to be a high scorer! Even though I can make my own settings, I would happily use these in my designs. The settings are well made and of good quality. They are pretty and ornate without being old-fashioned. The fact that the settings can be altered by snipping away the loops/bails, or being soldered onto other metal projects, or even sizing and soldering the ring shanks (pre-stone setting, of course) makes them attractive to those jewellery makers who are a little more advanced. They are also ideal for those with little to no experience, and will give a professional finish time after time with little effort or practise. I can think of many applications where jewellery makers of all levels of skill could make use these settings.
Kernowcraft Rocks & Gems Ltd
Cornwall TR6 0DH