as i'm fairly new to metalwork, i could use some help figuring
out what is going on with a bezel set, fused glass and sterling
ring that i made recently.
Hi Hayley. It is difficult to troubleshoot your problem without
seeing it firsthand. You don't even mention which metal you used to
make the ring. Further soaking may resolve the problem, or not. Many
new metalworkers create mountings for bezel or prong set stones
without making at least a small hole at the back for ease of
cleaning the stone and mounting, and I'm wondering if that is the
case with yours. If so, do yourself (and your customers) a favor and
always provide access to the inside back of the mounting via a hole
of some kind.
I'm only assuming that you're using closed-back mountings because
you haven't mentioned using a brush of some kind, only soaking.
Without being able to easily clean the back of the stone, it will
eventually collect grease, dust, etc., and that changes the
refractive index of the stone, rendering it dull and lifeless, not
to mention spotted with the occasional black dots.
I'm sorry if I didn't address your current problem or provide the
solution that doesn't require you to make your customer another
ring. Maybe some more specific info will help?
James in SoFl