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Your Guide To Stone Setting Burrs For Jewellery Making

What are stone setting burrs?

Stone setting burrs are used in jewellery making for removing small areas of excess metal and other materials. There are many shapes and cuts available which we will discuss within this post. Many stone setting burrs are suited to particular jobs but can be used for various tasks depending on your needs.

What do I use a burr with?

Burrs are best used with a pendant motor, such as the Dremel 4000 Multi Tool due to providing a speedy way to remove metal. They can also be used with a pin vice which is great for precise work, when working by hand would be more suitable than working with a multi tool. For more information on these tools, head to the bottom of this page.

How to store burrs

Burrs are stored best when kept upright such as being placed in a rack, ensuring they are not touching. It is also recommended to keep your burrs lubricated to keep them sharp and prolong their life span.

This stone setting burr is great for adjusting setting depths, enlarging and putting a bevel on holes as well as adding pattern and texture to metals.

Available in a choice of diameters with Kernowcraft.

The cone burr is perfect for removing small areas of metal that are in need of small adjustments. It's ideal for sculpting and reducing the size of claws, shaping and adjusting setting depths to custom fit stones as well as adding pattern and texture to metals.

Available in a choice of diameters with Kernowcraft.

This round burr can be used at high speed to cut a round bowl-shaped recess into your metal to your desired depth. It's ideal for adjusting setting depths for stones to sit in, creating grooves in silver, enlarging and putting a bevel on holes as well as adding pattern and texture.

Available in a choice of diameters with Kernowcraft.

This intricate mounted saw burr can be used to cut away excess metal from claws and settings, as well as cutting grooves and adding pattern.

Use this cylinder burr for getting into those tricky spots. Ideal for getting inside of bezels and other hard to reach places. This burr is also great for adding pattern and texture.

Available in a choice of diameters with Kernowcraft.

A cup burr is a perfect choice for smoothing ends of wires - much quicker than using files! Great for smoothing the ends of earwires or the ends of prongs and claw settings. The burr has small teeth inside of the cup which grinds away at the wire end with only a few twists - don't forget to always turn the burr clockwise in the same direction to make the burr last.

Tip: A 1.2mm diameter cup burr works best for 0.8mm wire, which is the most suitable size for earwires.

Use With A Pin Vice Or Multi Tool

A pin vice is a handy tool which can be used with stone setting burrs, for creating precise stone setting adjustments and for neatening holes.

It's best used for when working by hand is more suitable than using an electric drill or multi tool, it can also be used with various attachments such as twist drill bits and diamond tipped bead reamer points.

Dremel 4000 Multi-Tool with Flexible Shaft

The Dremel 4000 Multi-Tool is perfect for both hobbyists and professional jewellers. Using a multi-tool with stone setting burrs allows you to work speedily and easily.

You will also need a multi chuck which takes accessories with shanks from 0.4mm up to 3.4mm so they can be swapped easily without the need to change the collet. The burrs available with Kernowcraft have a shank size of 2.3mm.

Our Recommended Stone Setting Books

Keep reading! Check out our favourite stone setting books below with brilliant practical guides and step by step demonstrations. Whether you are using pre-made settings or wish to make your own, you will find invaluable information in these books.