Metalsmith Essentials: Expert Bezel Forming DVD

With Bill Fretz

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Metalsmith Essentials: Expert Bezel Forming DVD

With Bill Fretz

Settings for a variety of cabochons and faceted gem shapes with stakes & mandrels. 

Join master metalsmith and toolmaker Bill Fretz in 7 watch-and-learn lessons for everything you need to know to create precise bezels 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 stones, cabochons, carved stones or sentimental pieces including pottery shards, beach pebbles or a piece of glass into your jewelry designs. 

Enter a new era in your jewelry designs as you:

  • 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 thos fabulous faceted stones
  • Enhance your metalsmithing skills with advice on plaishing, soldering, polishing and more
  • Master this basic but elegant setting technique to add the entire palette of luscious gemstone colours to your jewellery designs
  • And much, much more!

Some tools and materials you'll need:

  • Fretz holder
  • Fretz bezel stakes
  • Fretz insert wheels
  • Fretz hammers
  • Round pliers
  • Flat pliers
  • Round mandrel
  • Round bezel mandrel
  • Brass tubing
  • Flexible shaft machine and hand piece
  • Soldering setup
  • 22 and 24 gauge sterling silver sheet


Run time 134 minutes


Shipping Weight 0.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.150m
Shipping Height 0.025m
Shipping Length 0.200m
Shipping Cubic 0.000750000m3

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