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    Gemma you sooooooooooo have the right attitude, you will go far. Good on ya gal xx
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    way to go Gemma (ooh I feel such a fraud using that expression at my age but it's the only one that fits!). You'll go far. xxxxx
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    The thing about constructive criticism though is that when someone says they like something, you know they mean it.

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    Well I hope this photo makes you feel a bit better, as you are not alone :0) This was my first attempt at a bezel setting a couple of days ago. I think my problems, were, the bezel was badly centred to the hole in the back where the stone pokes through and my soldering was not up to scratch so it split, and I suspect I need a shover thing instead of using the end of a file.

    Do not despair, you will get there in the end as I hope I will.
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    I've found this thread quite reassuring! My first attempt with a bezel setting the side split at the join when I was soldering it onto the base, then it was off centre when I soldered it onto the ring, then I'd cut the rim too short and had to resort to glue. Needs someone with crooked fingers and poor eyesight to wear it. Second attempt went a bit better and is actually almost wearable (stone hasn't dropped out yet and that's success in my book), third attempt seemed to encompass all known faults and I think I have chipped the stone (a lapis cab) too boot. Should probably use it to show how not to set a stone. Sigh. I wouldn't dare post a picture even if I could manage to take one not artistically out of focus ...

    I think Gemma deserves a medal and a round of applause.

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    LOL You're all so sweet!
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    Hi Gemma,

    I find when I try to set stones, especially facetted stones, that I have to spend a great deal of time getting the bearer and the height of the bezel right and always takes longer than I expect. I put a chamfer on the bearer to match the stone as near as I can and try to make sure that the stone sits firmly in the setting so it doesn't move while the bezel is being rubbed over. I find that patience at these stages really pays off. I deliberately make the setting slightly smaller than needed and size it up on a ring mandrel while continuously trying the stone for size, this leaves the problem of hammer marks on the outside and only works for round stones of course.

    I actually quite like the medieval look you achieved!

    Nick.

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    Well I thought you might be interested in the results of your brilliant tips and help. Its not fantastic but a thousand times better than it was and its all down to you wonderful people.

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    Think the bezel is still a bit high but it is MUCH neater.

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    Woohoo!
    Much better Gemma

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    Looking good Gemma!
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