So I want to bezel a stone with outside prongs and then go from there. Here are the drawings that are coming along. As usual I put my cart before my horse - although that's not unusual when you are just "going for it". As rough as it is at the moment it will all turn out.
|Not exactly an artistic rendering but you get the idea of the possible permutations of this piece.|
I did a square wire circle to set the stone on and added prongs (not to worry, they aren't cut to length yet. I just wanted to get them on).
Not the best pic (not even pickled yet) - but you can see the how it's going to sit on the square wire.
Then I figured I needed a bail - duh, nice thing to think of after I had started but whatever. See the drawing - plenty can be done here after the fact so it's not so worrisome. I was considering this thick rubber cord I have so it's going to have to have a healthy opening on it.
All four prongs are on here now. Now there are choices - lots of choices. Considering the second one from the left.
After I did the initial setting it just seemed plain and I've been working on cabs for the project Susan and I are doing so I figured maybe I needed something hanging from the stone. I didn't want to try and match up a stone bullet so out came the glass so I could match some colors. You can create bullet cabs on the end of a mandrel so that is what I did. I will lap the ends just a bit so they have plenty of surface to grab inside a bezel when it's set. Primarily I went organic on the design so it would be like the stone but maybe it's too matchy - matchy.
I'll make a few more bullet cabs today before I decide on the final one. With a heavy silver bail between the two pieces like in the drawing it will break up the match some and then maybe a citrine colored stone on the bezel would help with that too.
Choices, choices - good to have them but it always gives me a reason to procrastinate and be slow.
Hey, did you see silver is down in price again.....hallelujah!