|How to Use Snap Tite Settings
Would you like to
make jewelry that
looks like a
made it? Either for
yourself, gifts, or to
start your own
business. It is not as
hard as you think!!
Snap tites are the easiest way to make
jewelry, like it came from
a professional shop. Of course practice
|To Use Snap Tites follow these simple steps
First you need to measure your gem to see what size setting you need. They need to be measured
in millimeters since all gems (I've seen) sellers sell them by the millimeters(mm). This can be done
with a caliper. Generally, the more expensive caliper is better, you need to be at least close to your
measurements. If the caliper can read atleast .1mm, it will work great, a manual read will work ok
also as long as you can guess close to the size. You always try to use the same size setting as gem
Snap tites are supposed to snap right in and that's it. Well that only works for a perfect size gem. A
perfect size gem is exactly the right mm and the edge of the gem comes to a point. Anything other
needs help. The help needed is still easy to do.
How to Use Snap Tite Settings Video
Setting a perfect cut gem
1. You lay the gem upside down on a flat hard surface.
2. Press the setting onto the gem. You will hear a snap. Sometimes pressing
hard but gently as to not
press the setting too hard, it will hit the surface and bend the prongs.
3. That's it your done.
Setting not so perfect gems
It's easiest to make the setting to fit the gem before setting. With practice you will know how
to bend the setting before setting. For instance, if the gem has a thick edge, it is easiest to take
round nose plies and place one end on the inside (notch) of the prong and one on the outside
and squeeze a little. This will make the notch bigger to be able to fit a wider edge gem. The
wider the gem the more you manipulate the setting notch. If the gem is a little smaller than
the size setting you have you may need to bend all the prongs inward a little, if the gem is a
little big you may need to bend them outward before
How To Modify a Setting Video
|Before setting your gems examine them.
the questions you need to ask yourself
1. Does this gem have a thick girdle?
If you have a thick girdle use round nose pliers and round out
each of the prongs
before setting the gem.
2. Is this gem to deep for this setting?
To find out if your gem is to deep for the setting place the gem
upside down next to the
setting (lay upside down as well. If the gemstone is taller than
the setting it is too deep
and will not work
3. What is the precise measurement of the gem?
(I recommend using a caliper)
Make sure to measure correctly to ensure you have the right
setting. If you have a
gemstones that is 7.95 x 4.95 oval use the next size up. You
would use a 8x6 oval
Caliper (measuring device)
Pliers (any but gem setting pliers
Loupe - to see the quality of your
Pin Vise - I use to hold setting
Round Nose Pliers - to mold
Tweezers - easier to pick out
1. After setting, make sure the end of the prong is touching the top of the gem. If they are not use your
pliers and from the bottom of the setting to the top and squeeze just enough to make the prong touch the
2. If after setting, if your gem is not sitting centered, you can use your pliers to manipulate the to where
it needs to be.