My friend Cindy really wants to learn how to bezel set cabochons. I promised I would let her (and all of you) know when I come across great tutorials.
Well, JewelryMakingDaily (Interweave) just released their awesome free eBook on 8 Ways to Set Stones (search in their free tutorial section). It is superb starting with basic bezel setting. It then covers how to bezel unusual shapes and moves on to non-bezel settings.
Bezel setting requires that you know how to solder. The eBook assumes you do so it does not go into details like pickling etc. If you are not there yet, you could still download that eBook to learn and to keep for future reference. Bookmark this post too as you may wish to return to check out the following tutorials when you are ready to try.
bezel-setting tutorial by MaggieJs on Instructables.com. The eBook above might be intimidating to some so this step by step tutorial may be more palatable. I especially appreciated several tips including the one about soldering the bezel to the bezel backing from below using a tripod and metal mesh. It avoids melting the bezel and allows for better control of the flow of the solder.
If you are really keen and have time, then check out Art Jewelry Magazine's excellent videos showing :
A) How to make a bezel
Part 1 Cutting the bezel to the right length
Part 2 Soldering bezel strip
Part 3 Shaping
Part 4 Adjusting size
Part 5 Soldering to back plate
B) Setting a cabochon in a bezel setting
Part 1 Adjusting bezel height
Part 2 Using a bezel pusher
Part 3 Using a burnisher
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