Blue Goldstone Bezel Cup Ring

Blue Goldstone Bezel Cup Ring

This simple bezel cup ring is the perfect project to practice basic silversmithing techniques. We have chosen to use Blue Goldstone, however, you can use any gemstone cabochon of your choice! This ring would look great as a stacking ring with two others using different gemstones. 

Step by step instructions

Start by determining the length of silver that you need for your ring.

You can use a multi-sizer ring sizing gauge on your finger or slip a ring onto a wheatsheaf ring size stick to determine the length of wire that you need.

You can order the correct length of wire (as we sell it per cm) or you can order a piece and use heavy duty size cutters to cut your wire to the correct length.

Bend your wire into shape around a Ring Triblet using a rawhide mallet to make a neat join, Now you are ready to solder your wire together. 

Cover the joint in flux, pop on a little bit of silver solder and apply the heat of the flame from your gas torch, make sure you heat all around the ring in an even motion and your solder will flow nicely into the joint. 

Our complete soldering kit contains everything that you need to solder. You can either select all the products in the kit or particular products to suit your needs.

Once you have soldered your ring you can then hammer it on a triblet using a rawhide mallet to get the shape correct without marking the surface of the metal. You can then use a jewellers hammer if you want to add a texture. 

You now need to solder the bezel cup to the ring, the easiest way to do this is to put the bezel cup upside down on your soldering block apply a little flux and a small piece of solder, using a pair of reverse action tweezers hold the ring in position and apply the heat of the flame from your gas torch, again making sure that an equal temperature is achieved over both the ring and the bezel cup to get an even flow of solder.

Your ring will now look quite dull and fire stained, leave it to soak in a pot of safety pickle to remove the main staining. 

Then using a dremel multi tool fitted with a cotton polishing mop clean over the whole ring using Rouge Polishing Compound, this will give the ring a gleaming finish. 

Finally, you can set your blue goldstone cabochon in your bezel cup by simply popping the stone in the bezel cup and using a bezel rocker. Working from all sides gently rock back and forth with downward pressure until the stone is secured. We have a large selection of cabochons if you wish to choose another stone.

Your ring is now complete! Stacking rings are very popular at the moment so you could make several rings in your own style using different metals and stones.

Suggested tools for this project

Heavy duty size cutters  

Genuine wheatsheaf ring size stick

Triblet

Jewellers hammer

Gas Torch

Rouge Polishing Compound 

Bezel rocker

Rawhide mallet

Books which may interest you

The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques by Jinks McGrath

The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects By Wing Mun Devenney

The Jeweller's Directory of Decorative Finishes By Jinks McGrath

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Blue Goldstone Cabochons

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