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I like to try bezelling but soldering is not my field of expertise. Through wire work technique I was able to bezel an agate gemstone and I'm pretty happy with the result. Through the steps I'lll be sharing here you'll find a great tip how to bezel any kind of gem without soldering.

Materials:
copper wires
gemstones
jump rings
head pins
eye pins
chains

Step 1:

Cut 3 pieces 20 cm x 2mm (14 ga) wire. Use the 0.5 mm (28 ga) wire to wrap these 3 pieces together about 8 rounds.

Step 2:

Slide in one jump ring to the wire & wrap again through the ring about 6 rounds. Continue wrapping around the 3 wire pieces after attaching the ring. Cut excess wire with wire cutter.

Step 3:

Now, lay your gemstone and try to bezel, following the gemstone’s shape. Separate the outer wires and bed them going to the middle of the gemstone, creating a circle or big loop at the center. Continue bending the outer wires following the shape of the gemstone, until the wires meet on one side of the gemstone.

Step 4:

Take away the gemstone for awhile. Use the 0.5 mm (28 ga) wire to wrap the part of the wire where they meet. Create a loop at the end of the wire with your round nose pliers.

Step 5:

Cross the outer wires and try to separate them. Again, use the 0.5 mm (28 ga) wire to wrap the wires together. Settle the gemstone and press the front & back wire groups to hold the gemstone well.

Step 6:

Now, play with the wires and shape them using your round and/or flat nose pliers to hold the gemstone. In this tutorial, we created a bow-like shape with the back wire group going to the front of the gemstone to brace it.

Step 7:

Flip the gemstone and do the same for the other side.

Step 8:

Cut 4 chains of uneven lengths. Pin the round gemstones with your head pins and attache onto the chains.

Step 9:

Attach the chains onto the bail you've created on Step 2. You're done! 

This is the bezeled gemstone pendant, but if you want to turn it into a necklace get some ideas how to and download the FREE PDF with this LINK
Sooo Cute!! =)
Very nice! That's a very creative way to keep it in place. :)

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Bio: Jane Chew aka XQDesigns is the chief editor behind 2 popular jewelry making blogs and websites: Handmade Jewelry Club and DIY Lessons. She started jewelry ... More »
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