Chunky Bezel Set Ring
Take your bezel setting to the next level as we venture into creating and setting heavy bezels with and without textures for cabochons and rose cut stones.
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.
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.
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.
So you're ready to get creative with your bezels?
Chunky bezels, the perfect next step after mastering traditional bezel setting. And what better way to practice, than by making a kick-ass cocktail ring!
In this class, we’ll take your bezel setting to the next level using fine silver heavy bezel wire and fine silver sheet for gemstones with and without corners. We’ll cover setting bezels with textures as well as creating that perfectly smooth crisp finish – and of course, no bezel would be complete without a little graver work. Have you fear, you don’t need all the fancy tools for this class, we’ll be covering setting with a simple hammer and punch as well as using a hammer handpiece for our flex shaft.
Experience with soldering, and basic bezel setting is needed to take this class. If you don’t have those skills already, we recommend taking a look at our, Chunky Chain and Bezel Set Pendant classes, where we’ll cover all the skills you’ll need, before trying out this one.
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You’ll not only get this class, but all our other online classes too, and much much more!
Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we went to town creating 4 different rings during this class – after all who wants to make the exact same ring over and over again! But don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the class box. Heavy bezel setting is a fantastic technique to add a little drama to all styles of jewellery, you might consider a chunky bezel as part of a saw pierced pendant, multiple chunky bezels on one ring, or if you’re feeling brave, adding a little gold!
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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum
- Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will just suffice for this project as long as you’re not setting stones over 10mm or so in diameter), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderlite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
- Flat hand file – #0 or #2 cut
- Half round hand file #2 cut is ideal
- Half round and flat pliers
- Round and flat pliers
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Ring mandrel
- Rawhide or dead blow mallet
- Chasing hammer
- Ring sizing set
- Steel block
- Fine brass brush
- 18-gauge sterling silver sheet for the bezel back plate
- 20-gauge fine silver sheet for the bezel, or you can purchase readymade bezel wire in 20 or 22 gauge (you can also use sterling but it will just be tougher to move over the stone)
- 10 or 12-gauge sterling silver round wire for the ring shank
- 10mm or larger rose cut or cabochon gemstone (without sharp corners if it’s your first try)
- Hard silver solder
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.