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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.