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    Hey everyone!

    Im currently working on a ring, and tube setting a rose cut moonstone cabachon. I've always found it more difficult to tube set a cab than a faceted gemstone....and usually avoid it. I think I've got this sorted now (THINK and HOPE!!)....however just wondering how any of you go about tube setting a cab? I find it very difficult to set it straight. Any tips and advise welcome!!! Thanks!!

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    Why tube set, why not just bezel set it.

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    I bezel set too, I've only tube set small (3mm) cabs, and had to thin the walls considerably. what size is the stone?

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    Well yes, you go for tube setting if you find it too small and fiddly to make a bezel. However the answer for success is to have a good bearer. This can be a backing sheet, a jump ring, or a bearer cut with a burr.

    Walsh sell these cylindrical burrs in various sizes to give a good firm seat. Personally, I start with the cheaper round burr and the use these in a universal handle by hand. Dennis.
    https://www.hswalsh.com/product/frai...se-select-size

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    How short a length required before not a tube anymore but a bezel?

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    That's Phylosophy, that is Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patstone View Post
    Why tube set, why not just bezel set it.
    Thats a good question! I was very nearly going to give up and bezel set....BUT I was very determined to finally crack the tube set cab.....being the very stubborn person that I am!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LydiaNiz View Post
    I bezel set too, I've only tube set small (3mm) cabs, and had to thin the walls considerably. what size is the stone?
    Hi Lydia....its a 5mm...think I might have actually managed to do it....but if all goes wrong, then I will bezel set!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemsetterchris View Post
    How short a length required before not a tube anymore but a bezel?
    My thoughts exactly Chris......same difference!

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    Not really, Jill. In this case the word tube is being used for seamless bought in tube, as opposed to self made tube or bezel. Sorry about that. Dennis.

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