Gemstone Setting Pliers

Free instructions for using Gemstone Setting Pliers when making gemstone jewelry

Gemstone Setting Pliers A Jewelry Tool Used for Making Jewelry

Gemstone Setting Pliers Jewelry Tool Used for Making Gemstone Jewelry
Our WigJig Stone Setting Pliers are the jewelry making tool shown at right. These pliers have one long jaw with a smooth inner face and one short jaw with a groove carved lengthwise in the face. In the picture at left, you can view the groove in the shorter jaw of the pliers. This groove is used to help hold one side of your setting, while the long jaw is used to bend the opposite prong in the setting into its final position.

In setting any gemstone, you need to begin with first cleaning out the notches in the setting with a triangular jeweler's file. For those settings that do not have notches, you will need to use your file to create notches. The notches should be about 1/16" to 3/32" from the end of each prong. The second step is to bend each prong in slightly using your bent chain nose pliers so that they will grip the gemstone. See the picture below-right to see how the prongs need to be bent so that they will tightly grip the gemstone once the two are pressed together. Finally you are ready to push the setting down onto the gemstone.

 

Locating the Notches in the Jewelry Setting Getting Ready to Set Larger Germstones Jewelry Making Project
Locating the Notches Testing the Setting

Gemstone in Position for Making Gemstone JewelryOnce you have the four prongs bent inward sufficiently, than push the setting down onto the gemstone.  When the gemstone is in the position shown at left, held relatively snugly by the prongs of the setting, you are ready to begin using the gemstone setting pliers. In the two pictures shown below, we show how you would grip two different types of settings in the jaws of these pliers. In these pictures you should be able to view that the setting is aligned on one side with the length of a prong resting adjacent to the short jaw of the pliers. On the opposite side of the setting, the long jaw is aligned with the top of the opposite prong. By squeezing the jaws of the pliers firmly, the pressure will cause the tip of the opposite prong to be bent in toward the center of the gemstone. Doing this on all 4 or 6 prongs of your setting, one at a time will cause the tips of the prongs to be bent inward thereby griping the gemstone snugly. (With snap fit type of findings this probably won't be necessary.  If you decide it is necessary, then you will need to squeeze very, very gently or the setting may be damaged.)

Gemstone Setting Pliers Gripping Finding 1 Using Gemstone Setting Pliers Jewelry Tool Gemstone Setting Pliers Gripping Finding 2 Showing Adjusting the Setting with the Jewelry Tool.

Setting Gemstones in a Tiffany Type Setting Showing Adjusting the Setting with Common Jewelry Tools.For larger gemstones you may find that even after bending all the prongs in toward the center that the stone still isn't held as firmly as you would like. In those cases the final technique to finish setting the gemstone is the same technique that we used to tighten Tiffany style rings. For this technique you use your bent chain nose pliers and squeeze the two prongs on the same side toward one another very slightly. Then you would squeeze the opposite two prongs toward one another. If you were to number the prongs in a 4 prong setting in a clockwise order you would start by squeezing prongs 1 and 2 together then you would squeeze prongs 3 and 4 together. To finish this technique, you would then squeeze prongs 1 and 4 together and then prongs 2 and 3, thereby returning all the prongs to their original, symmetrical positions. Doing this will tighten the gemstone in the setting.

Like every skill that must be learned. You will find that you get better at doing this with practice.

 

 

 

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