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How to Easily Mount Gemstones Without Fancy Tools

This is something I came up with in middle school I think. I don't know if others have used it (I'm sure it's out there somewhere), but I haven't seen any instructions on mounting stones this way so I figured I'd share it with you guys :)

Back in 7th or 8th grade I went with my mom to the gem show and one of the vendors there was selling loose stones. Seeing as how they were incredibly shiny, I couldn't pass up buying a pack of 'em (plus, I managed to haggle the price down to 80% off. that helped a lot.). The problem was, I had no way of actually using them. Professional pronged mounts? Nope, this is a middle schooler you're talking about. Bezel settings? Nah. They might've been doable, but I would've needed to be able to solder the bezel cup, and I wasn't allowed to use the blowtorch (huh. wonder why...). So I tried doing it this way.
 
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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

- a pair of round nose pliers (you could probably get away with a dowel you've tapered with sandpaper or something like that)
- wire (here I'm using 20 gauge beading wire from Michael's)
- a gemstone (in this case a 4mm brilliant cut cubic zirconia)
- wire cutters

Optional:

- *a fine file or some sandpaper (strongly recommended) to deburr cut edges
- 0000 steel wool to clean, straighten, and burnish the wire
- *a pair of chain nose pliers (they're always handy to have around)

*not pictured

Step 2: Prepping the Wire

Basically all you need to do is straighten your wire with your fingers, but mine has been sitting around in my backpack for a year or so, so it's pretty dirty. I'm using the steel wool to both clean the wire of dirt and stuff that has accumulated, and polish it a bit.
In fact, the main objective here isn't really to straighten the wire, it's to get rid of any kinks that are present (although if your wire insists on coiling up a lot, straightening helps to keep your sanity intact).
Ora2 years ago
Great instructable! Do you have any ideas on how this would work with princess cut (square) gems?
gg1220 (author)  Ora2 years ago
Hm. I've never tried it, but if you can find a square mandrel instead of a round one, I don't see why not :)
I guess the hardest part would be finding the right size. You can buy something like this, or you can make your own with a bit of steel rod and a grinder (or even some sandpaper). The key is that it needs to be tapered if you want any control over the sizes, but if you only need one size and you know exactly what it is (keeping in mind that you need the wire to overlap the stone to seat properly), you might have better luck finding some square stock from a machinist's supplier like McMaster-Carr, or even Amazon.
Either way, good luck!
canucksgirl2 years ago
Very nice! Thanks for sharing. ;)
gg1220 (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks for reading! :)
Peg1622 years ago
EXCELLENT; WELL WRITTEN. CAN'T WAIT 2 TRY IT. HOW DO YOU FASTEN IT TO A RING BAND? TY
gg1220 (author)  Peg1622 years ago
Thanks for reading!

Check out this instructable for how to make it into a ring :)
insomniaSAH2 years ago
The ring at the end looks fantastic, and the overall 'ible is wonderful. Wish they'd taught us this method in high school metal shop!
gg1220 (author)  insomniaSAH2 years ago
Thank you very much!
And the good news is, now you know how to do it. Time to dazzle your friends :P

Also, not trying to be a creeper, but your profile says that poi is one of your interests. Which is awesome. Just by the way :)
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