I have been doing a happy dance all afternoon!! I have been wanting to learn how to make a bezel and set stones for a long time, but have always been afraid to try it. Well, today I said to heck with it, the worst I can do is ruin a piece of copper. So, I went for it.
I had a piece of copper that I had already designed and etched, so I measured the bezel wire around my stone, cut it and filed the ends. Next was the soldering. Mind you, I am not very good at soldering yet, but it worked perfectly!!! So, by this time I am feeling pretty darn good.
Next it was time to solder the bezel to the copper piece...........oh my, I was getting scared. I put both pieces into the pickle solution to get them really clean, centered the bezel and added the flux and solder. I remembered that I needed to heat the entire piece evenly and as I was moving my torch around the piece the solder melted and flowed like a river!! Oh my gosh, I had done it!!!
This would be happy dance time! I was so excited!!
Ok, so I had to calm myself down because there was still one very important element to this project..............the stone had to fit. It did!!!
Another happy dance!!!
I know my piece is not perfect, but to me it's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!! I can't wait to do it again.