gem setting
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Author:  Dan&Sally [ Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:24 pm ]
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Still researching and will be for months, so I was looking at books on gem setting. Gemstone setting by Anastasia Young has been a topic, as was Amateur Gemstone Faceting vol 1 and vol 2 by Tom Herbst.
Good choices? Fair choice? We have months before we purchase the faceting machine. Same goes for setting stones.

Author:  Qld Barry [ Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:44 pm ]
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What? In the overall scheme of your plans, you are fretting about a few $$ for some books?
C'mom Dan, just buy the bloody things. You will learn something from "every" book you buy.
However, don't let "information over-load" get you.

Author:  AlBalmer [ Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:07 pm ]
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I don't think Tom's books have a lot about setting, but you need them for all aspects of faceting. They are simply the best available.

As for spending the money - that's probably not the issue. Books use up lots of time, and you want to make sure the contents are worth the time.

Author:  Dan&Sally [ Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:19 am ]
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Yea, yea give me crap about a book. Its not about the $$ Barry. :smt021 I'm not a romance novel reader. For 30 yrs my reading has been restricted to tech manuals, I only read for work. But I didn't want a picture book to sit on the shelf and take up space.
I did finally throw out those Navy neets manuals from 1980 last year. Didn't figure I needed to know how to wind a generator coil anymore. I think I did keep the series on hydraulic systems. Always handy those books.

Author:  Qld Barry [ Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:49 pm ]
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Maybe you could build a hydraulic press, and make some diamonds?
There must be room in your workshop, along with the other stuff.
Sorry Dan, I'm not a "bad man", just pulling your string!
I'm sure, one day soon, you will stun me, with the first of your jewellery pieces.

Author:  Dan&Sally [ Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:16 pm ]
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:smt077 20 or 50 ton? Just used them to press out U joints and bearings. The manual lever has to go. Time to install a foot pedal and air op system. Oh and bolt the *%#$ thing to the floor! Not too sure how thats going to make us diamonds, unless the work I can do with it pays for ones someone else has made?

Author:  Alan F. [ Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:18 pm ]
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Gem setting is one of my particular interests. There are lots of good books about on gem setting, Rose & Chirino, Wilson and Neumann for a start. Of course, as anyone in the trade will tell you, books are O.K. but there is no substitute for doing it. Buy some tools (they are cheap enough) and have a go. Better than anything is paying a skilled setter to allow you to watch him at work, don't forget to ask if he is doing anything you don't understand.
Alan F.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:49 pm ]
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If you can find some of the online tutorials by Alan Revere, I'd recommend them: ... etting.php ... ne-setting ... -in-prongs ... ve-setting

Author:  Dan&Sally [ Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:34 pm ]
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Just saw one of those in Barnes & Nobels, was sent in to find something else. Didn't get that either.

Author:  Alan F. [ Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:27 am ]
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I've just had a look at the Alan Revere tutorial on bead setting and bright cutting. Absolutely excellent, next best thing to being at the bench with someone. One thing I thought he missed on, though, (perhaps he's covered it in another tutorial) was the sharpening of gravers for bright cutting. After you have sharpened your graver, polish the cutting edge with a smear of Solvol Autosol (Simichrome in the USA) on a slip of hardwood, it will put a mirror finish on your graver and it will cut easier and leave a really bright finish on the work.
Alan F.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:13 am ]
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Alan F, I have to tell you Alan R is one of the best teachers in our trade.
There are some offers from JCK which would allow you to download the entire series.
A week's free trial, something like that.....

Anytime you stumble on an Alan Revere tutorial save it!

Author:  Alan F. [ Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:05 pm ]
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Yes, I would say that that is good advice.
Alan F.

Author:  Alan F. [ Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:11 pm ]
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Also good advice, is Hippocrates statement "Ars longar vita brevis". Although he said it in Greek rather than Latin.
Alan F.

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