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Daily Wire Tip: Adding Snapsets to Bundles
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I am trying to attach a snapset with a gemstone in it to a wire bundle that has already been wrapped together. I was wondering if I should attach the snapset first with a wire to hold to the wire bundle, or if I should put the faceted gemstone in the snapset first and then put the wire through at the bottom of the snapset to attach it this way. Thanks so much for your response.
-Casey in Wilson, Texas
As I don’t know what you are actually making, or what shape/size snapset you are incorporating, this answer has to be a bit generalized.
Some people put the snapset under the wire they wish to attach it to, and then put the gemstone in. To me, this is a good way for the stone to pop out of the setting as the rest of the design is made, or even after, as the design is worn. Instead, the WS Faculty and I prefer to set the stone into the snapset first, and then insert a square wire (or two, depending on the shape and size of the setting) between the prongs and under the stone. Now the set stone is ready to be either used as a wrap wire or as a construction wire, and added to the piece, by attaching it to the item via the wires under the stone.
How to Use Snapsets
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong