Bezel Set Pendant

Take your first steps into the addictive world of stone setting as we learn the ancient technique of bezel setting for cabochons and rose cut stones.

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Kick Ass Handouts

Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey.  Our Flush Set Pendant class has 51 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.

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Engaging Videos

Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. Our Bezel Set Pendant class has over 1 hour 45 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.

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Clear Explanations

We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.

If you're ready to begin your stone setting journey, you're in the right place

Bezel setting – the perfect place to start your stone setting journey. Being one of the oldest setting styles, thankfully it’s relatively straightforward as long as you follow a few simple rules. We’ll show you the basics, but rest assured, we’ll also be sharing tips and tricks along to way to ensure your setting skills are top notch every time!

In this class, we’ll guide you step by step through the ancient technique of bezel setting using fine silver bezel wire for cabochon and rose cut gemstones with and without corners. We’ll be trouble shooting as we go along, and we’ll also be delving a little deeper into soldering and texturing techniques. Experience with soldering, and basic jewellery making skills such as piercing and forming are needed to take this class. If you don’t have those skills already, we recommend taking a look at our Saw Pierced Pendant, Chunky Chain and Delicate Flower Ring classes, where we’ll cover all the skills you’ll need, before trying out this one.

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Bezel Set Pendant
Flush Set
Bezel Set Pendant

Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we went to town in our videos creating an array of textured borders for you to try out – after all who wants to make the exact same pendant over and over again! But don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the class box. You can even incorporate skills learnt in other classes here such as adding a flush set border, incorporating the setting into a saw pierced pendant or combining it with octopus settings – the possibilities are endless!

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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum

  • Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
  • Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
  • Cross locking tweezers – I prefer the bent ones, but straight or bent is fine
  • Two sets of pliers – flat nose and chain nose will work great
  • Flush cutters
  • Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
  • Half round needle file – #2 cut is ideal
  • Flat hand file – #2 or #0 cut is ideal
  • Flex shaft
  • 1mm drill bit
  • Medium flat pumice wheel with screw mandrel
  • 20-gauge round wire in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
  • 18-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
  • 30-gauge fine silver bezel wire – the height will depend on your stone
  • Hard silver solder
  • Medium silver solder
  • Cabochon or rose cut gemstone (ideally 8mm or above and without corners if you’re just starting out)
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A note on tools

The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.  Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership.  Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.

This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.

Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.