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Identifying bezels after pickle

 For example, how do you keep a dozen bezels for a dozen different
stones properly "assigned" after having pickled them? 

this came up when i first started settings bezel set opal, etc., cabs
into fossil ivory cuff bracelets; my immediate thought has worked for
me: i cut the cabs, make the bezels. i then mark (“assign”) the first
cab on the back with ‘1’ (i use a sharpie), before soldering i use
an old hatpin to mark the corresponding bezel with ‘1’, rout out the
niche for that bezel & cab & mark that niche with ‘1’ (again a
sharpie - it’s not going to show if you can’t get it all erased).

need i explain the next steps, people?

good luck -

Hello all! I’ve had to produce up to 100 bezel set pendants at a time,
so I had to figure out a way to save my sanity! Here’s what I’ve come
up with:

I gently hand-press my smallest letter and number stamps into the
bezel material, doubling up letters if I’m working on more than 26
bezels. I mark each stone with the corresponding letter(s) with a
sharpie and keep the stones sorted by using old ice cube trays…each
space marked with a letter so I don’t have to keep turning the stone
over to see which one it is.

Keeping the stones in order helps speed production when you’re
pulling the bezels out of the pickel - whichever one you pull out
first, you’ll know exactly where to find the correct stone!

Marlo M.
Seattle, WA

Hi everyone, We also do production of zillions of oval bezels for an
earring design and have had difficulty keeping them matched with
their stone. We came up with ice cube trays with the stone in one
side (and other corresponding parts not currently being worked on)
and the bezel that is prepped for soldering on the other side.
With a sharpie perm marker, give each set of cubes a number 1-7 and
then after soldering lay in pickle in the same arrangement. With
very little discipline, you end up doing this layout in the ultra
sonic also. The greatest thing about it is that any of us can
switch jobs (“you solder for a while…argh”) during a run
without mixing stuff up. We found that if you use every cube
section (14) instead of pairing them to 7 pairs, then it gets easy
to mix them up.