Metalsmith Essentials: Expert Bezel Forming, Settings for a Variety of Cabochon and Faceted Gem Shapes with Stakes and Mandrels (Video Download)

Learn how to bezel a variety of stones from master metalsmith Bill Fretz in this jewelry making video. Boost your jewelry-making skills and learn how to create a perfect bezel setting for gemstones, cabochons, carved stones, and irregular shapes.
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Join master metalsmith and toolmaker Bill Fretz in 7 watch-and-learn lessons for everything you need to know to create a precise bezel setting using simple miniature mandrels and stakes with a planishing hammer.

Boost your jewelry-making skills with how-tos for setting different stone shapes including round, oval, modified rectangles, and freeform. Get an inside look at expert techniques for incorporating faceted gemstones, cabochons, carved stones, or sentimental pieces including pottery shards, beach pebbles, or a piece of glass into your jewelry designs.

Download your copy today to:

  • Explore various ways to form bezels and which tools to use for optimal success.
  • Create unique designs with how-tos for setting complex freeform stones with emotional attachment.
  • Incorporate stones into all your pieces with expert setting instructions for flawless-fitting bezels.
  • Add sparkle to your designs by forming settings for those fabulous faceted stones.
  • Enhance your metalsmithing skills with advice on planishing, soldering, polishing, and more.
  • Master this basic but elegant setting technique to add the entire palette of luscious gemstone colors to your jewelry designs.
  • And much, much more!

Watching this dynamic jewelry making video is like taking jewelry classes at your own home, on your own time. Bill shows you how to create beautiful bezel settings with techniques you will use again and again!

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Tools
  • Round Cabochon in a Round Pendant
  • Buff Top Opal
  • Antique Cushion Cut
  • Irregular Rectangle with Rounded Edges
  • Pear Shape for a Ring
  • Free-form
  • More Variations

About the Author
BILL FRETZ fell in love with jewelry making his junior year in high school, trained at the School For American Craftsmen at R.I.T in Rochester, New York, and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art before opening his first workshop in 1970. Bill and his wife, Marian, moved to Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1974, the same year both were in the World Silver Show in Mexico City. Over the past decade, Bill turned his love of silversmithing tools into a business that has grown from a small line of jeweler’s stakes to a complete line of stakes and hammers manufactured by his son Jordan’s workshop in Vietnam. Bill can also be seen in his additional DVDs, Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming, Jewelry Hammering and Forming Jewelry, Volume 2, and Forming Hollow Rings: Plain and Inlaid.

SKU: EP5112

Author/Speaker/Editor: William Fretz

Format: Standard Definition Video