You can apply copper foil around the stones and crystals and solder the foil. This is called tinning. Then you can patina the solder a copper color. This is a quick and simple way to work with any shape as the foil wraps around the component easily. No kiln or firing is necessary.
You can also make a bezel strip out of fine silver bezel wire cut specifically to the stone or crystal shape, solder the bezel strip closed then finish it off with a bail or ring shank.
View the tutorials below for great instructions on each method to help you make your decision. All methods will look fabulous.
- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry Making Expert and Swarovski Ambassador
Metal clay method
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