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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.

Learn about a simple way to clean all of the nasty grit, rouge and studio gunk off your hands without the harshness!


With the dizzying array of files available on the market, it’s hard to imagine not having the right file for the job… until it finally happens.  Learn some valuable ways to customize your file to have the right fit for your project!