Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cabachon Bezel Setting Tips

For those just learning to bezel set stones here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Choose a round or oval stone, save the irregular shapes and pointy corners for when you have a bit more experience. Also the profile or the how the stone is doomed will affect how easy it is to set.

Stone 1 is a little high proportionally for a first try. Stone 2 does not have a smooth dome, it comes to a blunt edge which makes is a little more difficult. Stone 3 has the best profile for a first time bezel.  

Once you have the perfect stone for your first try the above diagram shows how the bezel should fit around the stone. It would just firmly grip the edge at about one-third of the height of the stone. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mixed Metal Monday

Start the week off right in class learning Metal Piercing and Riveting

Metal Piercing and Riveting with Ilene Kay--Monday, February 7

Come create this mixed metal pendant with in my class. You will learn how to pierce (to make interior cuts on) your metal, opening up a new world of design possibilities. We will layer the pierced copper piece with textured brass underneath, adding a stunning level of dimension to your piece. The two pieces of metal will be joined with Argentium silver tube rivets. One of the rivets will also function  for the opening for an S hook bail.
This Mixed metal pendant is the perfect way to start accessorizing for the spring!