Make your own no-solder resin bezels!

June 18, 2010

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!

This “Pink Portal” necklace used technique #3 below…

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.

“Pink Mariposa” uses technique #1 above

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!

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  • Reply Heather June 23, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I have been using resin in bottle caps and in polymer clay projects. I love the rubber cement solution for leaks- how easy is that! My question is about superglue. Is Superglue long lasting on metal to metal connections? Can I use it to glue bails to my bottle caps in jewelry that will be well worn?

  • Reply Catherine June 23, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I’ve used E6000 on metal to metal connections with no problem but superglue not so.

  • Reply Barbara June 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I’d say use a jeweler’s cement or epoxy. Superglue isn’t long-lasting on metal/metal connections. It does better when it has a surface to cling to and metal is too flat/even.

  • Reply Jenny June 23, 2010 at 8:27 am

    try E-6000. I’ve had no problems using it on metal. You can buy it almost anywhere – any section of any craft shop. You can get a huge tube of it for $4.

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