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    Question :'( What am I doing wrong?

    Anyone know what I did wrong here or got any good tips on bezel setting?

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    (And yes I realise its not just the setting that's a mess. I just couldn't be bothered to polish until after I seen if I could set the garnet)

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    Crikey! I think you might be using the wrong size chisel to set that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geti-titanium View Post
    Crikey! I think you might be using the wrong size chisel to set that.
    pms!

    Seriously, have you tried working around it with a burnisher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroleallen View Post
    pms!

    Seriously, have you tried working around it with a burnisher?
    I think it might be too late for a burnisher Carole!

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    It's not great Gemma. However, you haven't set yourself an easy task if it's your first go at bezel setting.

    Start with a slightly larger cab - and make it a smooth domed rather than faceted one as well. I think your measurements may have been off both on the size (it looks like the bezel may have been a bit too large), and on the depth - you need only a very small amount to rub over successfully - generally about a third of the total height of the cab is fine. I don't know what you've used as a pusher, but it looks like it might have been rather too small as well.

    I can't see what's going on at the base though - have you tried to set the bezel into something else, or is it soldered flat onto a backing sheet? Lastly, it looks like there's a split at about 4 o'clock. Your bezel strip really does need to be perfect in both size and height before you start rubbing it over. And tight enough for the cab to 'snap' into it.

    What tutorial did you use?

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    it looks like there's a split at about 4 o'clock.
    It looks like there might have been a spliff at 4 o'clock to me :-)

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    Geti - Don't be rude. This is a thread asking for advice & everyone starts somewhere.
    Gemma - I can see what you were trying to do and Georges advice is all good.
    On a positive note you can probably ease the stone out and start again
    (you might even be able to save the setting by filing the top down a bit)

    A flat backed smooth domed cab would definately be an easier start
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    That's your knuckes rapped Geti

    Actually, I thought it was very funny - and tbh I might not have posted at all if I hadn't been amused. I'm sure Gemma took it in the lighthearted spirit it was intended.

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    Do you know, if that had been me I would have been far more hurt by the deafening silence. That silence spoke a thousand words, not one of us willing or able to say what needed to be said. Geti's response hit just the right note - it wasn't malicious in any sense and, as George said up there, it served to break the ice so that Gemma got the responses and feedback she needed.

    What is the point of asking for feedback or help if all you get in response is false praise and platitudes? Nobody progresses that way
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    Too true Di. I hope you weren't offended Gemma. You should have seen my first attempt.

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