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Re: [Orchid] [Beginners’ Corner] Step Bezel WireFrom: Marion Margoshes email@example.com
I frequently use step bezels for my enamels, which sometimes
tend to be heavy. The back of the enamel is usually beautiful,
so it is nice to expose it. I have trouble setting when the
piece is large, but the smaller pieces do well. Another problem,
these are sterling settings, and when I make traditional bezels,
I use fine silver, which is much more malleable. ==Pisces
From: Kathy Palochak firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve never used step bezel wire, but maybe this trick will help
those who have trouble getting the inside to form.
Indians in the Southwest U.S. have a trick to bend wire to an
inside curve, when it must be a tight curve and it would
otherwise crinkle. They saw slits on the inside curve. This
removes metal and allows a smaller radius to be achieved. When
soldered, a little extra solder judiciously used, the slits are
invisible. Smart, huh? K.P.
I find it makes a nice reinforcing edge to work into my
designs, where there is a straight line involved.
What a great idea! I, too, hate commercial step bezel. I make my
own, fusing or soldering a small strip for the “step” onto a
wider , flat commercial bezel wire, which is fine silver. You
have to file the edge to make the pieces fit right, it’s harder
to get the edges to meet than just flat bezel wire. I really find
the easiest thing to do is just make an additional ring of
shorter bezel, and solder it inside the bigger bezel for a step.
I use this kind of setting for round or oval faceted stones. Anne
Step bezel is used to set stones without having to solder the
bezel to a base. Saves on silver (or gold…which can be much
more economical) Depending on the height of the shoulder, you can
set the stone high or low. Just measure the bezel, cut it, make
ONE seam, and it’s ready to receive the stone. Less weight, less
polishing, same effect. It has its
Step bezel is sometimes used for mounting transparent stones such
as amber, quartz, etc. so that the light will shine through.
Seems to work okay. Iris in Baltimore