I’ve been trying to challenge myself with each new project and am always scouring the web for tutorials from experienced metalsmiths. I recently picked up a small handful of cheap stones I could practice making different settings for and I found these two helpful tutorials that walk you through the techniques.
1. Soham Harrison – has a fabulous YouTube channel and shares some wonderful techniques and advice. Definitely check him out if you’re an aspiring metalsmith like me.
Basket Setting part 1
Basket Setting part 2
2. Etsy Metal blog – this is a written tutorial and shows a variation on assembling a wire setting. This one seemed easier to get started, but I think does require more clean up which can be a pain if you don’t have a flex shaft. Fortuantely, I just got myself one and it’s a huge timesaver!
Since it was my first attempted, I decided to use brass wire and a teardrop shaped stone. I think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt. The next version will be in silver!
If you come across any other tutorials like this, please share them! I found it really difficult to find detailed tutorials for creating settings for non-circular stones. Fortunately, wire settings are pretty easy to adapt to other shapes, but I’d love to get some tips and tricks for making it easier to deal with a variety of stone shapes and cuts.