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.com just released their awesome free eBook on 7 ways to set stones : Bezel Setting and Other Stone Setting Techniques. 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.
How to set a cabochon in a bezel tutorial. It's worth seeing different tutorials on the same technique because each instructor has his or own tips. Their video tutorials on this technique are below.
bezel sea glass as Barb Macy shows in her tutorial on her blog, Accent Yourself Handcrafted Jewelry. She goes into quite a lot of detail so one can learn lots. What's also different about her tutorial is she removes part of the backing.
Gemstone Bezel Setting shows the use of several Dremel attachments to make the work so much easier.
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
How to make soldered and non-soldered glass pendants
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