What is a "Bead-Burnisher" and what does it do? Why is it so important in Diamond Setting?
This one question can be answered with many writing of texts and 44 photographs, along with a few 'hand-drawn' diagrams.
You want answers, well I'm trying to make this as easy as possible. When you are learning a new technique in a very difficult profession, sculpturing your Gold hand-created-Bead or even in Platinum can be very problematic. I don't want you or anyone, to miss out on anything.
I want to make "every door of problems get opened" and of course there are No Short-Cuts!
Along this route, "you might and will hit a road bump" if you do, I want you to overcome that problem as soon as possibile. After all, my apprenticeship took ME ...9 YEARS, and for you??
"Repeating each task in my learning, was my best teacher". As for you, you can learn by reading each sentence or paragraph, as often as you possibly can.
This simple essay can be a heck of a difficult technique, trust me! Bead-Burnishing looks difficult, but after a few Diamond Setting projects, all of this will come so very easy for you!
Not to mention that this setter (male, or female) hasn't even Bright-Cut the metal surrounding the many large diamonds on both sides of the ring.
In this photo-screen, the "Bead-Burnishing" was not acceptable, why is this?
I took this photograph for only one reason: This is to show you that some setting practices have been avoided. This setter has a need to practice more!!!
There were many beads with little shards of metal on every bead. NO, I DID NOT SET THESE STONES, it's just a very disgusting example of poor setting practices. Not everyone are proficient in completing every technique in this skill.
A "Bead-Burnisher" is a metal rod that can make all 'beads' round to the touch. That's when you create that little piece of metal to hold the gemstone 'rounded and secure'.
But what happens if your bead that is over that stone is not made round? Well, that piece of metal over the stone is like a sharp pin standing up and it will literally hurt your finger to the touch AND it will cut into the skin. This is not what you want, agree with me?
This "Bead-Burnishing tool" presses down on to the bead that you just made, and in turn, makes the bead 'rounded'. In essence, this is similar to rounding off a claw made by your cup-bur, "77B"!
Basically there is no other process that makes your beads sit tight to the stone. The process is quite simple and it retains that round-effect on each bead at the same time.
What does this burnishing tool look like? It is a piece of the metal rod, but with no rounded or bud-shaped ending that holds the diamond in place. Instead at the very end, or the tip has an indentation of many sizes that are a;ways measured in millimeters.
BTW, these Burnishers seen below, are not worthy of 'fixing'. I wouldn't even think of doing this at this late stage of being used. These are not worth wasting your time on them!
That very end fits just over the bead that you just bought! These pins come all with a wooden handle, all of these burnishers are now shown in the following pictures and made to fit beads of many sizes of 12, or 18 pins.
"Each set comes with a handle that fits all of the burnishers that are in that set". (Sorry if I'm repeating myself)
The name and numbering are the SQU, (international naming). That is, if you live in another country, that "SQU" will be a guide to you while buying from either Rio, Gesswein, Stuller, or ???
Why is this "edge" slightly modified? Here is the reason. None of the pins that you buy come like this! It's...all...up...to...you...to...make...the...correct...modifications!
"THINK FIRST & PLAN YOUR ACTIONS"
Basically, "Have these Bead-Burnishers always in pristene condition, they will then work for you, without any hesitation".
I like to keep all my "very large burnishers" kept in a seperate container, this way you will locate then at a moments notice!
I'm not telling you "how to work your tools", I do this even today, I too want to save time!