Talie, No, I wasn't kidding! I will certainly say, 'Good for you',
that you have developed the ability to work with 14K gold bezels.
Tiny or not, I believe it would take certain techniques or abilities
to do the job.
I have watched many people struggle to bezel both SS and 14K
gold...both male and female...but the females appear to have more
problems for the reason given. That is not to say that there are
some, as yourself, who have mastered the problem...rather it is a
I explained my concept and technique of using a bezel roller/rocker
to attain a smooth and well seated bezel in my 3/21/03 Orchid post.
I have practiced this technique and taught it for many years. While
using it, I pay close attention to my body and muscle movements to
help better describe the action. I find the wrist and upper forearm
both play a role but, more importantly, the muscle on the outside of
the arm where it meets the shoulder performs most of the work (sorry
I don't know what it is called).
I have no idea how you do your bezeling, but I certainly would like
to hear more...maybe it would help other Orchid members --and me in
teaching my students!