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.
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.
Now that you've ensured the fit of your stone, finish your setting and create a lovely ring. With Danielle's guidance, discover how to create a sturdy solder joint on a textured ring shank before soldering it to your bezel cup. Then, get step-by-step instruction on setting the stone by hand for a polished and professional look.
Use the techniques you've learned so far to transform a faceted rose-cut stone and free-form cabochon into wearable art. Danielle walks through the entire process of measuring, shaping and setting free-form shapes. Working with transparent stones? Danielle shares important design considerations.
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