New! Ring!

Well, I’ve actually never made a ring with a bezel setting before.  Go figure!  Here I am, thinking I’m a metalsmith, and I’ve never even done a simple stone setting on a ring.  The nerve.  Since I was thinking of making a bezel-set stone ring a project for my class in Thailand, I figured I’d go ahead and make a demo.  You know, just to see if I even CAN.  And it actually turned out okay.  I didn’t have all the tools I needed to make it look super clean and polished – I desperately need a burnisher to tamp down the edges of the bezel.  But I think I did okay for what I have…

I’m afraid I made the band too skinny.  The stone is so heavy that it tends to move around on my finger.  But I’ve learned my lesson and will not be likely to repeat the mistake.   But look!  I’ve “coined” the edges of the copper seat the bezel is sitting on.  I just took my baby hammer (I’m thinking of naming him George) and I tapped all around the edge of copper to give it an interesting texture – it also served to soften up the rugged edges I had filed when I cut the copper.  I thought it was cute.

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