This technique is the leg- acy of jewelcraft master Srettib, who was able to draw upon the force of mineral essence. His passion for working with the rarest and most beau- tiful stones quickly led him to concoct a firm setting to ensure the
precious stones would not be lost (as was often the case with previous wire techniques). His artistic genius not only led him to create molded settings, but enabled him to convoke the latent magical powers within stones and externalize them. He coupled stones with various metals to control the outcome of the powers
Every jewelcrafter learns Srettib's techniques, and in homage to his memory, all other forms of jewelcraft have been abandoned.
Jewelcraft Master Srettib's Instructions:
All jewelry carries a unique charm. Exquisite stones placed in the finest crafted settings, are more likely to release the force of mineral essence.
Try various combinations.
Combine any stone with any metal to create unique jewelry. Precious stones
are generally cut so that they will reflect the most light. Other stones may be tumbled for a smooth surface or left untumbled if they have an interesting shape. Pearls and crystals are generally left natural.
Use the molds in your jewelry kit and pour melted metal into the mold, allow it to
cool and remove the metal from the mold.
To add cut stones, carve a pronged cup mold so that the prongs are down and the base of the cup is at the top.
Weld the base of the cup to the top of the ring, bracelet, etc. Insert the
stone into the cup and carefully bend down the prongs to trap the stone.
To add odd-shaped untumbled stones, custom carve a mold to fit the stone with the bottom of the cup at the bottom of the mold. Pour a small amount of melted metal into the mold and immediately insert the stone. Allow to
cool and remove from the mold.
Uploaded November 27th, 2008 Updated November 28th, 2008