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    Default Book recommendations? Multi stone settings and polishing them?

    Hello!

    I am looking for a good book on stone setting. I already have Creative Stonesetting by John Cogswell which is fantastic and I reference it all the time. However, I am specifically looking for a book on creating a multiple stone setting and cluster settings and one which goes into detail. Perhaps it doesn't exist and I am looking for a video tutorial instead.

    Also can anyone give me any tips on how to polish the nooks and crannies that occur with multiple prong settings on one piece? I am self taught and my style is rustic so I can get away with a look of imperfection as it's part of the piece, but there is a fine line between intentional imperfection and novice craftsmanship - a line which I straddle and often times fall into the latter.

    I currently use a pendant drill with rubber wheels, radial discs and buffing wheels but I just can't get into the little recesses and it really bothers me. I have tried using a cocktail stick with cotton wool and compound but it just doesn't work the way I want it to. I've tried sand paper string for polishing inside prong settings and that also doesn't work as effectively as I want.
    Anyone got any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I can't advise on the book beyond what you already have. I suspect that images of mounts for fine jewellery are now computer generated, printed in 3D and cast.

    As for finishing intricate constructions, you might consider a magnetic polisher. They are expensive, but here is an entry level one to try out:
    http://www.technicalsupermarket.com/...id,0/vmcchk,1/ Dennis.
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    I've not seen anything in print that covers mount making to any good degree - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewellery-M.../dp/0719800528 has some info on making cluster settings.
    What I'd really like to see is something along the lines of the Cartier books, but which shows the elaborate pieces from the back as well as the front...

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    Thank you both. Yes I feel like there is some lacking in sharing of knowledge of intricate settings or else I just haven't found a good resource yet.

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    there is a good resource but its not free.
    http://www.jewellerytrainingsolution...etting-lessons
    Very well filmed and clearly explained, worth the price of a conventional short course in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by trialuser View Post
    there is a good resource but its not free.
    http://www.jewellerytrainingsolution...etting-lessons
    Very well filmed and clearly explained, worth the price of a conventional short course in my opinion
    Wow this place looks like a haven for tutorials, thank you!! Are you a member?

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    I second Jewellery training solutions. Peter the chap that makes the tutorials is a great guy hes also quick to help out. I did the setting course and found it very helpful. I have no connection with the company just a happy customer !

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    There are just a few books on Setting that I would recommend.

    1. The Technology of Setting by P.A. Grether Professor at the College of Applied Arts La Chain-de-Fonds 1984 by Editions Scriptar SA, Lausanne, Switzeland English ver. Printed in Switzerland. ISBN 2-88012-O45-4

    2. Channel Setting Diamonds by Robert R. Wooding. Pub. Dry Ridge Co. PO Box 18814 Erlanger, Kentucky 41018. ISBN: 0-9613545-3-4

    3. Bead Setting Diamond As above ISBN: 0-9613545-3-4

    From my own experience the skill has been greatly compromised by the commercialisation of the trade. Grains are raised and cover in my opinion far too much of the stone. I worked in the West End at the top end of the market and thank my skills to a tutor at Sir John Cass London Aldgate East. Bob Riche. He may be still there.

    It is a few years back . 1974 to be more exact. Apply for a part time course would do you the best taking along your own work so that it might be discussed.

    I wish you good health and remember Emeralds just love high carat gold. They hate chips ...

    Regards
    Aurumnz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurumnz View Post
    There are just a few books on Setting that I would recommend.

    1. The Technology of Setting by P.A. Grether Professor at the College of Applied Arts La Chain-de-Fonds 1984 by Editions Scriptar SA, Lausanne, Switzeland English ver. Printed in Switzerland. ISBN 2-88012-O45-4

    2. Channel Setting Diamonds by Robert R. Wooding. Pub. Dry Ridge Co. PO Box 18814 Erlanger, Kentucky 41018. ISBN: 0-9613545-3-4

    3. Bead Setting Diamond As above ISBN: 0-9613545-3-4

    From my own experience the skill has been greatly compromised by the commercialisation of the trade. Grains are raised and cover in my opinion far too much of the stone. I worked in the West End at the top end of the market and thank my skills to a tutor at Sir John Cass London Aldgate East. Bob Riche. He may be still there.

    It is a few years back . 1974 to be more exact. Apply for a part time course would do you the best taking along your own work so that it might be discussed.

    I wish you good health and remember Emeralds just love high carat gold. They hate chips ...

    Regards
    Aurumnz
    Thank you for such information. You helped me a lot!

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