Now that I have started to dabble in gold, I have realized how difficult 14K gold bezels are to set by hand. I have read some previous posts about using higher carat gold for the bezels. I like that idea, but have to use up what I have and the higher melting point of the solder scares me a bit since I have melted a couple bezels during the soldering process. Any tips on that would be appreciated. I can get the solder to melt, but the it doesn’t want to flow into the seam. I’m used to silver just jumping into the seam. Not sure what I am doing wrong.
So, I have been hammer setting the gold bezels to get them tight since I can’t do the whole process simply by hand. I was wondering about a hammer handpiece and what you all have to suggest about that.
I wan’t sure how to add a picture so, let me know if that link below works. The ring in the photo I set the bezel by hand but then hammer set to roll over the top edge to get it tight. I couldn’t do that part by hand.
Thank you everyone for your wise advice!