Custom Bezel Cup
Soldering – Bezel setting
- choose a stone that is approximately the size of a quarter anything larger requires a hotter torch, and if the stone is too small (smaller than a dime), it is hard to manipulate with your fingers.
- avoid a stone with sharp corners – rounded or oval shapes are easier when you are learning
- look for a cabochon that is completely flat on the back (underside) and also has an even height to the curved edge around the circumference
- choose a stone that is fairly hard on the Mohs scale (6 or higher if you can)
- if the shape is irregular, avoid concave curves on the perimeter
Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.
This class is not on the schedule at this time. If you are interested in taking it, e-mail email@example.com with your interest and availability.
How do I sign up?
Class will be $65/person. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.
What will I need to bring to class
Refer to the description above for advice on a stone that is appropriate for this class. You will also need a flat piece of sheet silver that is large enough to accommodate your stone and design plan. If you need some guidance as to what materials you need to craft your cup, I am happy to discuss your plan for the use of your stone ahead of class. I will have various widths of bezel wire for sale on hand, so you will have access to the appropriate size for your particular stone.
- Jeweler’s saw, 3/0 blades (optional for cutting a custom shape around the cup)
- Bench pin with clamp, silicone lubricant (if you desire to cut a custom shape)
- flush cutters
- Chain nose pliers (optional for assembly)
- Flat nose pliers (optional for assembly)
- Wrap n’ tap pliers (Beadsmith #PL46) (optional for forming)
- Bail making pliers (Beadsmith #PL42) (optional for forming)
- Stepped pliers (Beadsmith #PL48) (optional for forming)
- Steel block/ silencing pad (optional for forming layers)
- Forming hammer (optional for refining fit)
- File(s) – preferably a #4 cut half-round
- Needle files (optional if desired for refining your shape)
- Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
- 3M sanding sponges/ slurry coated polishing cloths (for cleaning your cup)
- Small flat piece of 180 or 220 grit emery paper
- bezel pusher (seasoned)
- bezel rocker (optional)
- burnishing tool
- dental floss
- Magnifying glasses– most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
- Covered water or other refreshing beverage
- Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂
The following tools will be supplied in class for your use:
- Basic soldering set-up
- medium and hard silver solder
- tripod with screen
- paste flux/brush
- propane torch
- painter’s tape
- strips of paper/card-stock
- hole punch (for potential connection holes)
The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D Silver, SJ Jewelry Supply, Lonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.