It's EtsyMetal's Blog Carnival again. The team chooses one topic that we would write about for the first Monday of the month. This month's topic is "The Unconventional Tool", tool(s) that I either made myself, items that were not intended to be used by a metalsmith, tell about it and describe/show the results my special tool(s) give in my creative process!
I got this little plastic disc, about 1 inch in diameter, from our local plastic shop. I found it in the scrap bin where they discard pieces that are broken, odd ball sizes, or unpopular items. Someone's trash is another's treasure, right? Well, let me tell you, I can't live without it when making a bezel setting.
Before, I tried using a bezel rocker to push the bezel wall onto the cabochon. Because it is made of steel, the bezel rocker would leave marks on the thin, soft fine silver bezel. I would have to sand it down so thin that sometimes I wonder if the bezel wire would develop a hole, showing through to the stone.
I use this plastic disc to pull or push the soft fine silver onto the cabochon without marring my bezels anymore. Being 1 inch round, it is small, handy, and easy to maneuver. The best part is, it is FREE - totally within my budget. =]
See what my other teammates have to say about this topic:
1. Mary Anne Karren - http://silverpearlmetalworks.wordpress.com/
2. Laney Clark ~ http://silentgoddess.blogspot.com
3. Beth Cyr - http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
4. Inbar Bareket - http://www.inbarbareket.info/blog
5. 2Roses - http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com