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  • MollyBednum commented on silvertinkerer's instructable How to flush set stones9 months ago
    How to flush set stones

    Wow! This restored my faith after spending a long time reading user reviews of ready-made DIY settings that apparently "don't really work on anything smaller than 6-8mm" (as if I could afford the stones I want in that size?!). You made my day.Couple of questions: 1. Above you talk about 2 kinds of burnishers: the traditional round pointed one (probably the one I have left over from school) and the "second" one that's way easier to use. What's the name for the second one? (Web search of "hand burnisher jewelry" yield seems to yield more than 2 kinds. . .)2. What state should the metal be in? It'd be easier to raise the "bead" around the edge of the stone if the metal was annealed, but is that bead maybe too soft to hold the stone securely? Or do...see more »Wow! This restored my faith after spending a long time reading user reviews of ready-made DIY settings that apparently "don't really work on anything smaller than 6-8mm" (as if I could afford the stones I want in that size?!). You made my day.Couple of questions: 1. Above you talk about 2 kinds of burnishers: the traditional round pointed one (probably the one I have left over from school) and the "second" one that's way easier to use. What's the name for the second one? (Web search of "hand burnisher jewelry" yield seems to yield more than 2 kinds. . .)2. What state should the metal be in? It'd be easier to raise the "bead" around the edge of the stone if the metal was annealed, but is that bead maybe too soft to hold the stone securely? Or does the burnishing work-harden it to some extent? Or wouldn't these small stones load it much anyway?Hoping to click "I Made It!" soon. . .

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