Here we go… this is tried and proven …i used this on a 7000
pcs run a few years ago.
take your gold/silver round bezel earring or choker dangle and
spray with a silicone based release agent. This is important.
Take a piece of pipe(copper, steel, whatever) that has approx
3/4" I.D. cut off about 1/2 "…sand edges smooth.
Buy epoxy Plumbers putty from any hardware store… comes in a
tube… premixed and ready to use. Cut off about 1/2" and follow
kneading directions until all one color(the epoxy is 2 colors of
put uncured kneaded epoxy into 1/2" pipe and almost fill
now take the jewelry item you wish to set and press into the
putty until only a portion of the bezel sits above the putty.
Allow to become almost hard (during this time, dig out the
center area of putty to make room for the stone to go into the
bezel.allow clearance). This putty begins to harden within 10
minutes and becomes hard as a rock in 20 minutes so don’t
dillidaly around !!!
before the putty hardens, remove the jewelry item carefully
so that the epoxy supporting walls are not too stretched out of
shape from removing.
allow epoxy mold to harden fully according to instructions. (
if you allow it to harden for a few hours, this mold may last a
Buy or make what is commonly refered to as a bezel punch set
from a jewelry supply house. pick the correct punch for the bezel
you wish to set.Guesswein and Contenti supply (
http://www.contenti.com ) both carry them… so do other
put the jewelry item into the hardened epoxy mold, insert the
round diamond or whatever stone you wish ,use the correct bezel
punch and Hammer the bezel down in 2 or 3 hammer hits. Presto,
your are done. you can thin down the edge of the bezel if you
need to. Also, you may have to drill some of the epoxy out for
the stone if you did not do that correctly. I have set every type
of stone in this manner including Swarovski crystals (easily
broken if not careful). It is important that the model used to
make the casting is of the correct size. If need be, I am a model
maker ,moldmaker caster and machinist/engineer so if you need a
model and mold(even castings) contact me.
My website is being transfered to a different server this
weekend, so it may be down for a few days. Dan