Swarovski offers an ideal product selection for soldering, allowing for simple and problem-free production of state-of-the-art jewelry pieces and accessories. Further techniques, such as plating and stone setting, complement the comprehensive and diverse application options offered by Swarovski.
The following products are suitable for soldering, plating, and stone setting: Round Stones, Fancy Stones, Settings, Flat Backs No Hotfix and Cupchains and Findings.
Follow these simple application steps to create an elegant jewelry accessory with affixed Swarovski crystals.
Cut the Cupchain to the required length
Solder the original jewelry model and strengthen with wire
Gently press the Cupchain into the solder mold
Remove the soldered Cupchain from the mold once the impression material hardens
Use clean, grease-free materials and tools to ensure proper application
Wear protective clothing, eyewear and gloves
Consider key elements such as soldering duration, temperature and flame size instructions when manufacturing soldered Cupchain pieces – avoid overheating and crystal damage
Don’t forget: solder color change and solder quantity per application – prevent jewelry corrosion. Scroll through our soldering directives for an illustrated guide
For a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to safely apply crystals onto jewelry items, consult our detailed Application Manual download for further soldering tips.
What types of stone setting for jewelry are possible?
Bezel settings – crystals are bezelled in to remain in the cup
Prong setting – crystals are held in position by claws, usually with four prongs
Settings for gluing – crystal elements are glued in
What is a bezel setting in jewelry?
A bezel setting is a malleable strip of metal which, when integrated with crystals, is reshaped to form a manually crafted jewelry piece.
The Swarovski assortment features products like Cupchains that have already been set, as well as Settings for Fancy Stones.
Three simple steps to stone setting jewelry by hand
1. Carefully hold the cup using tweezers or suitable pliers
2. Place the crystal in the setting using a pair of tweezers
3a. Bezel setting: Press the cup shut using a setting closer
3b. Prong setting: Press in place the cup’s prongs using a setting closer – for other forms, prongs are individually closed in opposite positions
Alternative methods of crystal application
Once the crystals are set, they can be sewn onto textiles and leather, soldered together using Cupchains, applied onto the textile by machine using claws, or threaded, utilizing the eyelets within the setting.
For a perfect finish, a plating process can conclude the production process of a jewelry piece or accessory. During this process, metallic coatings are electrolytically added to the surface of the material to give a certain color and look.
What are the key criteria for plating Swarovski crystals?
Select reliable electrolyte suppliers who provide detailed operating guidelines
Select suitable high performance electrolytes
Ensure careful maintenance of the unit and electrolytes
Use recommended settings for plating Cupchains
What are the most important steps for plating crystals?
Cyanide copper plating
Pyrophosphate copper plating
Bright copper plating
Browse our Application Manual for in-depth descriptions of each of these processing steps.
For additional information regarding our soldering machinery and tools, and to find more detailed instructions about Soldering, Plating, and Stone Settings, open the Swarovski Application Manual e-book.