How to Make Oval Bezel Earrings
Here is a fun little project that you can make in a short time. There are times when I design and plan in advance what I am going to make, and there are other times when I look around and see what is in sight and create as I go, this is one of those instances.
I scrounged up a couple of pieces of silver sheet, some Red Coral Oval Cabochon stones, and earring posts. Over the next couple of blog posts, I will turn these pieces and parts into a pair of oval cabochon earrings. We have covered some of these processes in past tutorials, but we will again look at some of these techniques.
I am going to start with a silver sheet approx 0.5mm thick to use as the base. I am using a small piece of soft wax (Red Sprue Wax) to hold the stone in place onto the silver sheet so I can scribe a line around the stone. I am careful not to move the stone as I trace around the stone with a sharp tool.
Next I will cut the shapes out of the silver. A little trick to help your cutting go easier is to lubricate the saw blade. Here I am using just a little Pro-Cut Lubricant on my finger to rub a little lubricant on the teeth of the saw blade. I am using a 4″ Saw Frame and a 3/0 Saw Blade to cut this piece. I follow the scribed line and am careful to cut just on the outside of the line.
Once I have the stone bases cut out, I use a pair of Half Round/Flat Pliers to shape the bezels into shape. I trim the bezels a little longer than I need so I can file and fit them before assembly. I will do the final fitting and soldering on the next blog post.
Stop by next time and I will solder the parts together and set the stones.
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Now go scrounge up some pieces and make something awesome!
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