Reminiscent of arroyos (dry riverbeds) and patterns left in the sand along seashores, the linear, flowing texture of cuttlebone casting is the perfect background for a textured gold frame, cast gold pebbles, and a bezel-set opal cabochon — all evoking water imagery.
Learn how to form a gold frame around your casting, and then cast tiny gold rocks in a carved charcoal block. Fabricate a simple bail, make a bezel cup for your favorite cabochon, and solder all the components together using the fewest number of soldering operations.
Read instructions on creating the gold rocks below. For the full project instructions, click here for the free project PDF.
- 14k wire: 22-gauge (0.6 mm), rectangular, 5/64-in. (2 mm) wide
- 14k scrap or casting grain (amount is dictated by your design)
- 22k bezel wire (length depends on size of cabochon)
- Yellow-gold solder:
- 14k: hard, easy
- 21k: hard
- Sterling silver:
- Tubing: 7/32-in. (4.5 mm) outside diameter (OD)
- Strip: 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 5/32 in. (4 mm) wide, 1/2 in. (13 mm)
- Sheet: 26-gauge (0.4 mm) (amount is dictated by size of cabochon)
Additional tools & supplies
- Stainless steel binding wire
- Soldering tripod and screen
- Small chisel
- Miter jig
- Metal shears
- Steel bar stock: 1 x 2 x 1⁄4 in. (25.5 x 51 x 6.5 mm)
- Mini bristle disks on a screw mandrel