Follow the instructions and pray a little to whichever deity you subscribe to - it’s simple honestly. Seriously flush setting isn’t that complicated, the really really important thing when flush setting is to make sure your stone fits tightly in the seat. Give it a try and let us know how you get on in the comments!
IF YOU NEED GLASSES WEAR THEM – if you can’t see what you’re doing, you are most likely going to suck.
Drill a hole
Use a ball bur (or several) to open the hole to ¾ the size of the stone
Use a bud bur to open the top of the hole to exactly the same size of the stone – if you make it bigger than the stone – you’ll need to find a larger stone 😉 DO NOT MAKE IT BIGGER THAN THE STONE!
Use a setting bur exactly the same size as your stone – drill deep enough with your setting bur so the table of the stone is flush with the metal. DO NOT USE A SETTING BUR THAT IS LARGER THAN YOUR STONE!
If you don’t have the perfect size setting bur – which is usually the case, you will want to use the closest size SMALLER bur and ream out the hole – KEEP THE BUR PERPENDICULAR TO THE METAL AND MOVE METHODICALLY, we are not mixing pancake batter
Ensure the stone is a tight fit – if it’s not, select a stone that is slightly larger 0.01mm can make a big difference here! The stone should not slot into the hole, but should require a LITTLE shove with a brass pusher (basically a tapered piece of brass rod in a graver handle) to sit nice and securely in the setting
Use your needle burnisher (broken ball burs in graver handles work well) – they should have a smooth rounded and polished end if you value the surface of your stones – and run it around the stone at an angle just off horizontal until the stone is set
Shall we see that in action?
Want to make a needle burnisher for your flush setting? Lets see how it’s done!
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