Learning how to flush set stones is high on many metal addicts list of techniques to learn. The more information you have about a technique and the various ways to do it, the better.
Here’s another video showing jewelry artist Flavio Moschini doing a flush setting. What’s different is that first he uses a round bur instead of a setting bur to cut the seat. As with the setting bur, the round bur must be slightly smaller than the stone, so the fit is tight. For a 2mm stone, for example, I use a 1.9mm setting bur (so I’m making the assumption that you would also use a 1.9mm round bur). I’ve seen a lot of round burs used for setting faceted stones lately. It seems a quicker way of doing the setting because it’s not so important that the seat is straight (as it is round). It seems to be more a matter of evenness and depth. The important part of setting with the round bur is to make sure the stone is set in straight. Because it doesn’t exactly have a cut seat, it can be set in crooked, so keep that in mind when setting your stones.
Another thing Flavio Moschini does is push the metal over the stone using what appears to be a flat round tool. It reminds me of the backside of a drill bit (3.5-4mm possibly?). He pushes the metal towards the stone and then burnishes it with a second tool. The second tool, which is a small burnisher, can easily be made from a broken bur. So first, here’s the vid. In the next post I’ll explain how to make that type of thin, tapered burnisher: