Posted by: alenegeed | October 28, 2010

Stone Setting: Bezel set


Gemstone Fancy Bezel Ring

There are a variety of ways to set stones in metal. Bezel setting is the perfect process to use for cabachons (gemstones that are cut flat on the bottom).

I start with a bezel strip. This is normally fine silver but I have also use sterling silver when I want to use a thicker ‘frame’ around the stone. The silver strip must be tall enough to encase the stone but not too tall so that it distorts in the finishing process!  The silver strip is wrapped around the stone, so that it fits snugly. Then the strip is soldered shut. After cleaning, filing away the excess solder and making sure the stone still fits, the finished bezel is soldered to a backplate.

The biggest thing to remember is to make sure the stone fits into the bezel at each stage! If it does not fit once the process is complete… it is too late to fix it!

Over the years I have managed to solder the bezel upside down, made the strip too long or too short and have the finished piece be too small for the stone! This creates a lot of wasted silver. Some can be recycled but there is still an element of waste that cannot be recouped.

That being said, I LOVE this process and have experimented with different types of strips, have created my own strips with texturing and much more.

Check out my designs at http://www.alenesadornments.com


Responses

  1. I love the pink earrings

    • Thanks Marilyn. YOu are in the 15 for the raffle


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