Jewellery Design

Watch Jeweller Dave Wilson of as he crafts a silver bezel ring and sets a coin. All filmed in HD.

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I love bezel coin jewelry but I have seen so many scrapped for the coin’s numismatic value. I plan on making some, but I want to allow the coins to be removable. I have difficulty determining the ring size when I have a space in the band where the bezel cup attaches. I see you just made the ring the desired size then removed a section, but if the ring’s shape remains the same, the size will be consistent. Bezel setting, I have found to be quite difficult to get the bezel wall to hold the stone securely and look professional (no tool marks and even look) The best way I have found is to hold the ring upside down and push it down on a steel bench block, firmly rolling and pushing it where the bezel wall and stone meet. I do this as a finishing touch after the traditional bezel pusher and burnisher is used.

On a different topic, I am having difficulty finding a mold I can cast bars with, that are to be used in the rolling mill to make 18-28 gauge sheets. The problem being the economy rolling mill’s flat dies only allow 3mm before the gears separate too much to turn. I need a way to cast <3mm thickness bars but all the molds available produce 5mm+ thickness.

Great video, I appreciate the info learned something very useful.

+damok9999 Thanks for all the comments. Regarding the bezel, I think the secret is a good polished burnisher, as this will push the bezel over without any tool marks. Even if your burnisher is brand new, polish it until it’s perfect. Some prefer a “bezel rocker” but I don’t currently use one.

Casting bars, one method I saw was to use sand and push a piece of (3mm) plastic sheet into it, this makes a mold to cast thin bars. I’ve used this method to make thick round bars, by just pushing a dowel into the sand.. check out this video…

A tip with the rolling mill is to use fine textured rollers for more grip in the mill. Thanks for the comments. Any time. Kind regards. Dave.

+Celtic Dreams
Brilliant tips, sand casting does sound much easier.  I have never thought of polishing my burnisher either, definitely a good idea.  I will have to try using the textured dies to get better grip as well, makes perfect sense.  Thanks so much for the tips, and I look forward to future vids!

Finally, thanks Dave! Need more as you are a great instructor! I would not know the things I do without people like you, not to mention all the others..keep them coming Brother…peace, Jimmy.

+jim bettridge Thanks Jimmy. Definitely more projects to come. I’ve done so many things and later thought, dam I wish I’d filmed that. Thanks for watching!. Dave. : )

+Daley McPaley …… From the customer this morning…

Just wanted to say thanks for
doing the ring Dave. My wife loves it. She has taken your cards to put out in her office, so you never know, there may be more work for you.
Thanks again.


Dave appreciate the help. Maybe other videos you could show label # of item. Is it okay I mention to Cooksongold your videos help my decision to purchase? Cliff

There are lots of pre made fluxes on the market. I tried a few but personally I don’t like them. I guess it’s matter of personal taste. I learned how to solder with borax and so that’s what I became familiar with. It’s very tried and tested over many generations, so you know what to expect and how it will work. It’s also dirt cheap, lasts forever and allows you to mix up the paste to the exact consistency you require. Once you learn to use borax you have a better mastery of soldering. I do use solder paste for small repairs, due to its convenience. But pallions of hard solder and borax paste are my usual method. The way it’s been done for centuries (probably). Dave. Check out my soldering video…

Hi Dave where do get the bezel silver from can’t seem to find it anywhere, want to make a bezel for my 1817 George the 3rd silver shilling for a pendant cheers Dave Evans

I bought the strip from Cookson Gold here in the UK. Link below. But if you simply want a pendant. You can buy silver shilling mounts ready made. See link below. Dave

bearer wire

Shilling mount——Scroll-Top-Pendant-prcode-NVO-523&query=ahilling&channel=uk

Thanks for the compliments. I make it look easy, but it took practice to get tho this. For every stunning item made, there are several in the scrap pot. But that’s how we learn. So don’t be intimidated, have a go. if it goes wrong, then work out why, and you will be better the next time. good luck. Dave
P.s. you may also enjoy this video….


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