Friday, January 22, 2010

New Tutorial-Enhanced Prong Set Gem Pendant




I finally finished a new tutorial. I've figured out that I wait so long between tutorials because MS Word gives me such a headache. This lesson teaches how to make consistently perfect prongs to set an 18x13mm oval faceted stone. You then create a beaded frame around the stone that is not only beautiful but solves the problem of faceted stones rolling from side to side when worn on the neck. Once mastered, the techniques can be used to set any size stone. The bail allows this to worn with even your largest omega chains. The finished size of the pendant is approximately 1 ½” tall by 1” wide. I now have it listed in my Artfire shop.

6 comments:

  1. This an absolutely gorgeous and very elegant piece Nancy!

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  2. Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it.

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  3. Simply gorgeous, I love the design, and the prongs are so neat and unobtrusive. I will be buying the tutorial today!

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  4. Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

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  5. Hi, Nancy! How well would this adapt to a rectangular, faceted stone? I am looking for a prong tut to use. A customer has a large topaz that she wants me to set. I purchased one for myself to practice with.....LOL

    Cindi Hendrickson

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  6. It should work. The technique is the same, you'll just have to figure out the distance between the prongs. I would try and put the four prongs at the corners of the stone.

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Sorry I had to turn off comments for a while as I was getting spammed to death. For people wondering where to get the free tutorials, they are available at Szarka's website, www.magpiegemstones.com. Click on the resources and tutorials link. Thanks, Nancy

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