OK, I admit it; I’ve been teasing Sabine just a little in making her wait to see what I’ve done with her bead. But part of the delay has also been ‘cos I’ve been so busy with my Open studios exhibition. More on that in another post.
So, let’s get right in there and show you the finished item. I think that this is the best view.
At the end of the last post I left open the question of how I might solve the problem of the large gap that I had left around the bead.
A bezel setting such as this is a classic solution to dealing with an irregularly shaped stone: cutting it to make ’claws’ allows the irregularities to be accommodated.
In this case, I think that it fits particularly well with the feel of the bead, albeit that it hides rather more than I originally hoped. But not too much, I hope, as you will see from this ‘full frontal’ shot.
Just some final bits of detail: the black band down the middle is done with Liver of Sulphur – essentially it is a rather extreme layer of tarnish. It should wear really well, but to protect it, I have polished to whole piece with Renaissance Wax.
The marks toward the base are the hallmarks. I like to have them on the outside of the piece rather than hidden on the back, but you may think otherwise.
I’d be interested in comments on that.
I mentioned in an earlier post that the bead is about 3cm diameter, so you can work out that the piece is about 10cm long and 4cm wide overall. What doesn’t show so well is that I have set it on a 4mm rubber cord, which I think
works very well.
I was always intending to gold-plate one or other side of the pendant, but the addition of the bezel solved that debate for me, as you can see.
Here’s a final view from the other ‘side’.