by staci smith
So, I wrote a tutorial for the new Artisan Whimsy blog. It's a great site, and you should hop on over there. There are teams for everything from polymer to metal, desingers to bead hoarders. There are tutorials and challenges, and lots and lots of people to meet. It's a great place for resources and information.
My tutorial is just an easy, beginners way to prong set. Here it is....
Easy Prong Setting
by Staci Louise Smith
hole punch or drill
sanding pad or steel wool
raw hide mallet
silver solder paste
liver of sulphur
prong setting tool or wood dowel
1. Select your cab
2. Place it on your sheet metal and trace it with a sharpie
3. Cut out your backplate with the metal shears
4. trace your cab and mark where you want your holes to be- make sure your holes are close to you cab line, but not ON it, or too far from it
5. file and sand the edges
6. texture as desired, I used the back of a rivet hammer to add texture- you must texture before punching holes or the holes will distort
7. Flatten back plate with your raw hide mallet
8. punch or drill your holes - you must match your rivet wire gauge with the correct size drill bit or hole punch. This can be a guessing game, since drill bits and hole punches aren't sized by wire gauge. A chart like this one from Rio Grande can be very helpful. Make sure your rivet fits snugly into the hole.
9. Place rivets into the holes
10. Add solder paste to the flat bottom part of the rivets, then push the down flush onto the back
11. place on your soldering block and heat until solder flows (or until its red hot, easy solder paste should surely flow by then)
12. Quench, pickle, clean
13. add your cab
14. Now its time to set your cab- fold the prongs over using one of these tools.
I used the prong setting tool with the groove, but you can use a wood dowel or something similar if you don't have that particular tool.
15. Burnish the prongs to strengthen them
16. Cut them down with flush cutters- make sure to leave enough prong to just come over the curve of your cab and hold it secure
17. File edges of prongs- careful not to damage your cab
18. Add liver of sulphur and polish it back when its done
19. You now have a prong set cab.
I am also part of a blog hop taking part today, where everyone gets to show off what they made for the prong setting challenge. If you want to check it out, you can go to my blog www.stacilouiseoriginals.com
I went big for this one.....................................
Lavender Mica and black fossil ammonite prong set
Enjoy the tutorial, and let me know if you have any questions.