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Professional Bezel-Setting Techniques

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Gain the skills to showcase any stone with a well-crafted bezel! Learn techniques to create three distinctive settings that are just as beautiful as the gemstones they house.

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What You Get

  • 7 Steaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipies
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Danielle Miller-Gilliam
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Join jewelry artist Danielle Miller-Gilliam, and find out how to make a bezel setting for a variety of flat-backed stones:— even irregular, square, and pear-shaped selections. First, discover how to measure your bezel and test your stone during fabrication to ensure the perfect fit. Learn how backplates enhance the design of your setting, and use accessible soldering techniques to create the foundation for stunning rings and pendants. You'll find out how to craft smooth, gap-free settings, and conquer irregularly shaped stones with fabrication techniques — like how to solder crisp bezel corners — as well as proper positioning when setting the stone. You'll even learn to use your chisel and hammer (or flex shaft) to turn sheet metal into a structural bezel, and follow along with Danielle to refine your settings. Finally, discover the safest, most effective ways to polish your stones and projects for professional-quality results.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Push-Over Bezel: Rounds & Ovals
Meet jeweler Danielle Miller-Gilliam and preview the three versatile bezel settings you'll make in class. Begin with Danielle's foolproof tips for forming a push-over bezel and you'll see how to measure, shape and solder it. Plus, get tips on fine-tuning the bezel, ensuring that the cabochon fits perfectly inside.
2. Push-Over Bezel: Setting the Stone
3. Push-Over Bezel: Free-Form Stones
4. Hammer-Set Bezel: Rounds & Ovals
5. Hammer-Set Bezel: Setting the Stone
6. Hammer-Set Bezel: Fancy Shapes
7. Tab-Set Bezel: Corners

Recommended with this class

  • Variety of flat-backed stones
  • Acetylene-air torch
  • Flex shaft

Taught by

Danielle Miller-Gilliam
Danielle Miller-Gilliam
Danielle Miller-Gilliam received her BFA from Temple University, after which she apprenticed under a master goldsmith. She opened her business, Danielle Miller Jewelry, in 1998, and continues to sell her custom designs today. Danielle's work has been exhibited in juried shows across the U.S., and her designs have been featured in numerous publications.

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