If you’re going to make the bezels yourself, I suggest using
fine silver bezel wire, as opposed to sterling. It doesn’t
firescale, is more easily formed over a cab (softer), and since
it has a higher melting point than sterling, is a little less
likely to melt if heated too much.
I just burnish, burnish, burnish until I’m satisfied! I have a
hammer handpiece, but use it only on the heaviest (like cast)
There are commercially available bezel cups, but I usually don’t
use them because the results of the die-struck manufacturing
process look… well… manufactured. Someone here provided a
tip a while back about inverting a commercial bezel cup and
hitting the center with a center punch to reduce the appearance
of the curved lower edge. It works pretty well! If you’re
putting anything around the base of the bezel, it becomes less
of an issue.
Hope this helps!
Charlotte, NC (USA)