Monday, January 24, 2011

beyond the bezel

Going to try something new-to-me, and do a non-bezel setting. Never done one before, as bezels are good for enamels, they protect the fragile edges. This design, inspired by a song written by a friend, will have an inset "Herkimer diamond" (a naturally double terminated quartz crystal, from upstate New York).

The irregular formation (of the crystal) does not lend itself to my usual techniques, and after several many days of thinking about it, this is my plan: to first cut away a shaped and bevelled opening in the metal, that the lower part of the crystal will fit into, and then solder wire prongs in four spots around the perimeter, that will be able to hold the stone in place. Wish me luck...

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