Creating the Bezel Platform
So I must saw out my back here we have a nice, simple oval you're going to use three out saw blade should be fine. You could use your drawing template to draw that onto your medal. And then I saw that out. So I have this pre sought out peace. Now I'm gonna add hammer texture to it. Let me show you how to do that. So I missed you all this by hand, but the temple, it should have those line structures. If not, we can get that to you. So I'm gonna create these line textures here now what you can do for yourself once again, kind of a fail safe that you could take your stone or your vessel if you've made it already, which we'll get to that in a minute kind of trace with your sharpie. Make sure you have sharpies that air you have extra fine sharpie. You don't want to make a huge mark on there and just kind of roughly trace out where your piece is going to be. Fill that in hopes, you kind of guide where you're placing everything. So I made you a line here to do a line there. This is just a lin...
e for me to follow when I'm placing my wires, so there we are. Now you can use stamps already, premade stamps to great texture. You can use hammers to create texture on your medal or let's say, you're not finding a design that you like personally and you're like, you know what? I want to make my own design, so I'm to take wire and shape it so you can take binding wire, get me nickel plated or the darkening neil dwyer bite at any hardware store, and I'm going tio cut it to size for myself, just using some wire cutters, cut a few lines, all right? So now, in the two lines at a time, we can use pliers to shape those wires. If you need to kind of create the arch that you want, replace him over those sharpie lines that I created already. Now you know why air, just like sheet metal comes in different thicknesses. I'm using eighteen gauge binding wire so you can, um, use whatever thickness you'd like place that they're now I'm going tio I'm gonna use my metal hammer my ball peen november ball peen zehr hammers kind you're workhorse, they basically that he gets scratched, the surface of them doesn't matter and we're hammering something just as hard as the hammer itself. So the steel wire you want to use something use a hammer that can take the marks the scratches that's yet so I'm gonna take you take masking tape you can take a painter's tape to a tape that wire down as well as the piece down to my cameron surface just like that and a taped to the hammering surface that I don't have to worry about holding it my fingers air out of the way so I'm gonna hammer directly on those lines when it breaks through the tape you know that you've made the impression you wanted so we have our first line structures there the harder you hammer the deeper the impression it also will very depending on the thickness of metal that you are working in and once again we are working in twenty gauge she'd hear replace my second layer of lines take those down and create blue two more impressions now make sure it's taped properly or it'll kind of fly off to the side like my piece just did there but because already made my first impression I can line that guy back up where I want him to be tape that down to use a few more where's this time so I won't shift on us and now we have made are for impressions and kind of take a look here on what's going on to take your scotch bright pad and sand away that now you kind of hit the edge of your metal. It happens sometimes. When you're spreading that out, you're that close to an edge. So what you can do is just take your file. You see how it's not really been that nice shape anymore, supported in a group of your bench pin, and then just file that back and you'll start to create your shape again. All right, and you'll do that all the way around. So you have a nice oval shaped like this, you see here.
Setting stones and bezeling can take your rings from simple to spectacular. Bonnie Heras guides you, step-by-step, through the ring making process in Intermediate Bezel Setting for Jewelry Making.
Bonnie spent years studying metal arts and jewelry design and in this intermediate-level class she’ll show you how to make a basic silver ring. You’ll learn:
- Basic ring forming
- Sawing, filing, and soldering techniques
- How to create a bezel setting
- Adding the final touches with patina and polish
There are many steps to forming a basic and beautiful ring, let expert instructor Bonnie Heras guide you through the process.
Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.