Another Way to do a Flush Setting

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:

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7 Responses to Another Way to do a Flush Setting

  1. Pennee says:

    Glad you showed this one- I have always been taught to NEVER cut a seat with a setting bur- only finish with that bur at the end. Something about the teeth aren’t meant to cut away a lot of metal so I am glad to see this- bud bur is another you can use.

  2. metalsaddict says:

    Great point! Thanks for bringing that up. So definitely if you’re using a setting bur, always first start with the bud bur to carve away excess metal. What I thought was interesting about this vid is that the jeweler only uses a round bur, not a setting bur, to create the setting.

    • Pennee says:

      I always use a round bur- mostly because the full set has so many small sizes to choose from- bud burs, not so many. Since many of the small stones I use are purchased in “lots” they are not all perfectly calibrated so I like the round bur set I have that has 1.5,6,7,8,9 etc- I get the hole drilled with those, then cut the seat with the setting bur. I will say, if it’s an odd size stone, like 1.7, I just set it with the round bur hole- no problem yet. My biggest problem is getting that lovely perfect round bright finish. This guy made it look so easy- NOT!

  3. metalsaddict says:

    Yea, those guys are amazing! To be fair, a lot of them use the graver max and have special vises, which makes it a lot easier.
    What works best for me to get the nice burnished finish on the flush setting is first use the tool I made from the tweezer to set the stone, and then use the tapered burnisher made from a broken bur to burnish it.
    I definitely want some round burs now! Would you say it easier just using the round bur or do you prefer also using the setting bur?

  4. Ginger says:

    Do you have to drill completely though to flush set stones? I have a number of designs in mind where a flush setting would look the best and probably be easier in the long run, but the metal and design would be too thick and/or shaped in a way that would not allow for a full hole through the metal.

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