I would like to make bezels from copper-or buy them.
For a piece that was a play on a peacekeeper service medal I earned
as an rifleman in Croatia ('93) I went with brass and tube set three
small stones (2-3mm). It all went quite dismal, the thing being that
copper and brass get terribly soft when annealed. I had to solder the
tubes onto a sheet, hence it was annealed, once I started setting the
stones the tubing started to loose it shape, wouldn’t close since the
metal couldn’t support the force being delivered (needed for
compressing metal over a stone. If you think that age hardening the
copper in a convection will get around this, and want to give it a
try then you simply do it as you would with silver then hardened the
piece, then set the stone. Another option, especiallygood for costume
pieces would be faux (false) settings are stones pretty much just
glued doen to a surface that looks like a bezel setting, but really
is only a seat. Depends on you audience I suppose.
K. David Woolley