The no-solder bezel-making workshop in the Rings & Things showroom a few days ago was a huge success. Thanks to our customers who joined in the experiments down in the lab!
Customers were excited to learn how to create custom resin ‘bezels’.
Here’s a really quick overview of how to make a bezel with no solder needed. (Get full details in our new, free sheet: “Techniques for Creating No-Solder Bezels/Frames“.) There are 3 basic approaches:
#1: Copper Restrip Pendant
(Copper restrip is available from stained-glass suppliers)
• Design the base shape. Cut it from 24-gauge sheet metal. Shape, texture and antique it. Punch holes for hanging, riveting, or attaching charms.
• Shape copper restrip and antique it. Superglue the restrip shape together, and pinch with an alligator clip to hold. Superglue the restrip into place on the metal base.
#2: Wire Open-Frame Pendant
• Bend 16-gauge or 14-gauge wire into desired shape. Bind ends with smaller wire if needed, or close together and ‘seal’ with rubber cement.
• You can include a swirl or other design element with wire inside the open frame shape.
• Texture as desired. Lightly flatten. Fill (and surround) with rubber cement to prevent leakage.
#3: Copper Tubing Open-Frame Pendant
• Cut tubing to the desired length. Smooth any rough edges. Punch a hole for hanging.
• Flatten or create a rivet head on one end of the wire. Insert into the bezel, pull through and wire wrap.
• Antique if desired. Seal the hole around the wire, and outside of entire piece, with rubber cement.
Again, see the technique sheet for detailed instructions and suggested tools & supplies!
The possibilities are endless for ’embeddables’ to encase in resin. Dried flower petals, and herbs and fine glitter are always popular!
Don’t miss the fun: more classes and free jewelry-making workshops are coming throughout the summer, in the Rings & Things showroom!
Have you gotten into resin bezel jewelry yet–or have questions about it? Leave a comment below!