How to Set Flat Plates and Milled Edge Jewellery Settings

Flat plates are one of our easiest options for setting gemstones as all you need is glue! The same applies to milled edge settings which use the same technique. On this page, we will show you how to set gemstones within these settings and also give some examples of both our settings and jewellery you can make from them!

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Step 1

Take your chosen setting and correct sized cabochon and make sure you are happy with the way that they fit together. Test this by placing your stone on to the setting and ensuring there is no excess space - or too little space.

Place your setting on a flat surface, and make sure the surface of the metal is clean from any greasy marks.

Step 2

Mix together the two parts of the Devcon 5 minute epoxy glue, and place a small blob on to the metal surface. (Read our tutorial page on how to use Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue).

Place your stone on to the top of the glue and apply a little pressure making sure it is pressed down and central to the setting. A handy tip is to push the post of the earstud into some blu-tack to keep it upright whilst the glue is drying.

Make sure you wipe off any excess glue before it dries. 

Step 3

Once the glue has dried and your stone feels nice and secure your setting is complete! Now just finish as required for the item that you are making and enjoy your new creation. In this image we have used our flat plate earstuds 4mm settings with 5mm purple paua shell round cabochons

Jewellery Examples Using Flat Plate & Milled Edge Settings...

Be inspired by our beginner friendly kits using flat plate and milled edge settings, get all the tools and supplies you need.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you some advice through Facebook, Twitter, Email or simply calling us on 01872 573888 8.30am-4.30pm.

Alternatively, for more information and how to's on all areas of jewellery making visit our other Gemstone Setting Advice pages.