Bezel Cups

How to Incorporate Bezel Cups into Metal Clay Creations without Solder

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In this course five projects show how to add smaller gemstones and other standard-sized but un-firable elements to your metal clay creations, using pre-fabricated or purchased bezel cups. You can simply incorporate bezel cups into your metal clay pieces, eliminating the need to solder.

If you have a bunch of gemstones and cabochons around that you purchased because you thought they were really nice and wanted to use some day, now you can.

There are five projects – six videos – made in this course to show you how to use pre-fab bezel cups in just about any design.

  1. Black Spinels – Square and Set on a Flat Piece
  2. Amethysts – Tiny round, flat-back rounds sunk into Piece
  3. Ring – Popular ring with Oval Set on Curved Piece
  4. CZ Post Earrings – Faceted, Pointed-Back CZ Set in Open-Backed Bezel Cup
  5. Rhodochrosite Pendant – Large and Tall Appearance

Each project follows the same five steps.

  1. Decide on Stone and Design the Piece
  2. Make the Piece to Hold the Bezel Cup
  3. Prepare and Add the Bezel Cups
  4. Fire and Finish
  5. Set the Stone or Cabochon

This is a Beyond-the-Basics course. What is not taught are the basic skills needed for working with metal clay, such as rolling and cutting clay, drying and sanding, firing and finishing.The exception to this would be if a certain step or skill applied directly to using bezel cups.

As usual, you watch the videos then go to your workstation and make what ever you want.

Your Instructor

Kris Kramer
Kris Kramer

First, Kris created I Love Silver for novice to expert metal clay artists and artisans, because she loves metal clay and wants to share.

Kris designs and creates fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures as pendants, earrings, charms, rings, and more. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, tracks, and bits of nature. Her medium is precious metal clay.

What is Metal Clay? Watch Meet Metal Clay.

Learn more about Kris and her art process.

Kris is a PMC Senior Instructor certified by PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande, thanks in part to a grant from the Montana Art Council, an agency of the State Government. She “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.

Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. Toward the end of 2017, she achieved Level 1 and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.

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To see Kris' current and available work, go to The Silver Pendant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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