i’m looking for clever solutions to my problem.
i have just made my first bezel-set cabochon ring with 1/2 round
wire. every time i soldered the ring, i discovered that the oval
bezel was not straight on the wire. here’s what i did:
-filed a flat spot on the 1/2 round ring so that the solder join was
in the middle of the flat spot
-prips fluxed the 2 pieces
-sweat-soldered a small quantity of easy solder on the ring’s flat
-marked the 2 axes of the oval bezel with permanent marker and the
middle of the flat spot on the ring.
-placed the bezel on the soldering pad and held the ring in
cross-locking tweezers on third hand
-eyeballed the placement of the ring on the bezel as i lowered the
third hand down to slightly press the ring against the bezel. i then
spent a good amount of time looking at and adjusting the setup from
various vantage points-- too much time considering the results.
-slowly warmed up the third hand and pieces with the torch. i don’t
think that there was any violent movement of the pieces due to
inadequate preliminary warming. soldered the pieces.
-found that the oval bezel did not sit straight on the ring. in all
attempts the bezel is a little skewed.
-gave up trying to get it perfect.
oh, my final try did away with the sweat-soldering on the ring. i
took off the old solder on the flat spot and used a snippet of solder
on the side of the ring away from the torch.
my jewelry instructor suggested cutting “stitches” with a burin to
hold the bezel in place but said that the challenge there was getting
the stitches just right. knowing my level of skill, i won’t get them
straight and will wind up with gouges on the back of my bezel.
in case i am just not accurate in my “eyeballing,” for the next
bezel i do i will draw the outline of the ring wire on the bezel to
more precisely indicate where the ring should sit on the bezel. but
of course, the permanent marker disappears once i apply some heat, so
i won’t be able to tell whether the ring is moving as i heat it.
so, do any of you have clever solutions to my problem? one of my
books spoke of using binding wire. i tried that, but i just couldn’t
see where that would work. the ring was able to move around too much
even after i bound it. perhaps if i glued the 2 pieces together and
then bound them…
i agree with you guys, i have been wondering about dave sebaste and
missing his comments on orchid. i hope he comes back to us, even
intermittently while he pursues another career.
thanks in advance,