Part One

Construction of the Setting

In this 'quick an dirty' guide to fabricating a setting for a trillion cut stone, Dave Wallis demonstrates using copper for obvious reasons.

 

Find a curve in a dapping block which matches the curve on the stone. As you can see the stone setting comes to a point - it's a bit like an overfed triangle, when set this curves around the stone.

 

 

 

 

 

So we start with three sides - each strip wider than the height of the stone, and about a third longer than each side.

 

 

 

 

 

You can see from the back, the shape is pretty similar - but without the curve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we put the curve in with a bit of well aimed violence - make sure the metal is annealed (soft) first.

 

 

 

Whack it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go - just like the shape of the stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

File the ends to fit, solder it up - add a jump ring at the top - job done! I'm sure you'll have as much fun as I did

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutorial written by Dave Wallis: Summer 2010

 

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