Fusing a Fine Silver Bezel

I have never soldered a bezel closed. From day one of my jewelry making experience I was taught to fuse a bezel closed.When you fuse a bezel, the fine silver flows over your seam making it a permanent join. Overheating will not open it up as it sometimes can with solder. This is not a fusing tutorial but a trick I use to make sure the top edge of my bezel is a consistent thickness all the way around.

Tacking Solder in Place

For a recent repair, I had to rebuild a gold bezel on a worn out, cabochon gold ring. The original ring was cast. It was too complicated and expensive to rebuild the whole setting, so I added new bezel material just to the top. I fabricated new gold bezel and tacked it into perfect alignment with the laser welder.

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