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Bezel handling


#1

I have recently been playing with bezels for the first time. I
have had problems with the ‘top edge’ for the finished piece
being somewhat uneven and a little jagged…

Discovered a tool, ‘Bezel Crimper’ for lack of a better name.
Just place the tool over the bezel/stone and tap lightly!!

Problem is COST. Complete set I have seen is about $95+ dollars,
very well build but expensive.

Any advise as to a cheaper model and where available?

Thanks,
Jim R.


#2

I have recently been playing with bezels for the first time. I
have had problems with the ‘top edge’ for the finished piece
being somewhat uneven and a little jagged…

Jim, are you talking about those things for bezel setting
faceted stones, ala tube setting? Dave

Art Jewelry for Conscious People
http://www.opendoor.com/stephensdesign/crystalguy.html


#3

Yes,
Didn’t know they were called tube setting… will look up the tube
setting thread, of recent discussions… but still would like to
acquire a reasonable bezel set whatever they are called??


#4
Problem is COST. Complete set I have seen is about $95+ dollars,
very well build but expensive.

Jim - I make mine out of brass rod commonly found at your
welding supply store. $5.00 worth will get ya a lifetime supply

  • you just shape the ends any way you like and the brass has the
    added advantage of being softer (and therefore more stone safe)
    than tool steel. Tap on, Mike

#5

I’ve never heard of a bezel cripmper, I use a bezel roller . . .
wooden handle with a metal thingie on the end that looks similar
to a “cartoon foot” after soldering the bezel to a flat bottom
piece, you insert the stone,- which can be raised via saw dust (if
it shines, use tin foil under it) and then use the bezel roller,
start north, go south, east, west, ne, sw, se, nw, and then roll
it all the way around. It’s harder to explain than to do!!! This
gadgit is cheap . . . only around $5.00 (maybe less??? I don’t
remember exactly what I paid) I got mine through Indian
Jewelers Supply, but I know that Rio also carries it (as do the
local jewelry supply companies . …)


#6

Hold on there Mike! Not so fast!

De’ holes in the of the brass rods? Do you put them in with a
bur, drill, WHAT??

Do the RODS come 5, 6, 7, MM??? Where do you get them that big!
GREAT IDEA IF I CAN MAKE THEM OUT OF BRASS(IRON???) RODs??

Let’s hear a little more about this set of tools!

Thanks, Jim