Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pushing Bezels

I've had this special order hanging over my head for some time. The assignment was to set that slippery little guy (hematite pebble, lower right) into a pendant and I knew it would be a challenge. I like to have at least half a day dedicated to soldering, which is tough to find these days. I just got a couple lampwork cabochons and wanted to get them into a setting, so I thought I'd do all three in hopes of some kind of assembly-line benefit.

Yesterday I soldered. Today I soldered, pushed (wrestled, actually) the bezels, filed, sanded, oxidized, polished....

Bezel-setting is NOT my favorite thing to do, considering it makes my TMJ problem worse from all the jaw clenching, but I do like the outcome.