Leveling the Bottom of a Large Bezel

by Judy Larson
Sanding the bottom edge of large bezels flat so they will connect and securely solder fully around on the backing is not easy. Most of the time the bezel becomes misshapen during the process which then means that the bottom edge of the bezel will not sit flush on the backing.
Instructions
An easy solution the problem is to attach a piece painter's tape slightly smaller than the cabochon to the cabochon back. Insert the cabochon in the bezel and sand away. The cabochon will keep the edges of the bezel from bending and the tape will protect the back of the stone from becoming scratched.
Judy Larson's Leveling the Bottom of a Large Bezel - , General Education, , I put together Holiday Fairy Ornament copper kits with reversable beads used as cabochons and gave them to a few friends.  To speed up construction, I made and leveled the bezels ahead of time.  They both chose to put the taped side out!   If I had not taped the back of the beads, they could never have been used as the front!
Judy Larson's Leveling the Bottom of a Large Bezel - , General Education, , leveling the bottom of a bezel
I put together Holiday Fairy Ornament copper kits with reversable beads used as cabochons and gave them to a few friends. To speed up construction, I made and leveled the bezels ahead of time. They both chose to put the taped side out! If I had not taped the back of the beads, they could never have been used as the front!
Judy Larson's Leveling the Bottom of a Large Bezel - , General Education, , leveling the bottom of a bezel

Materials

28 Gauge 3/16" Fine Silver Bezel Wire
H9-28BZL
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $10.07
  • Gold Club Price: $7.55
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Tools

WET/DRY PAPER 9 x 11, 400grit- PK/10
ABR-500.25
  • ABR-500.25
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $12.95
  • Gold Club Price: $9.71
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education