What if there were a way to trap a flat, non-drilled stone (cabochon) WITHOUT using solder? There is!
This is the ORIGINAL "Net Bezel Pendant tutorial", which has inspired so many jewelry makers throughout the internet universe. The tutorial shows how to trap a NON-drilled cabochon in a netted bezel, which can be used for a variety of designs.
This is what people said about the tutorial:
As with all of Eni's tutorials, this is written very clear and precisely describes the technique. The technique affords flexibility if you would like to capture a thicker stone or an irregular cabochon, sea glass, or that special river rock my son is always bringing me. I love the delicate lacy look, At my first attempt i wrapped a special "magic pebble" my son got me, and I love the way it turned out. Definitely worth getting. Perhaps a bit of experience with wire-working is essential, but you don't need to be an expert to accomplish a very well woven pendant. For those who like to follow along with pictures, step by step clear pictures are provided and are easy to follow along. Thanks Eni!!Posted by Kohlkraft via JewelryLessons.com
What I liked most about this tutorial was the clear photos for every step. Every step was broken down into 1-3 sentences, which made it clear & easy for an intermediate-beginner to understand. I'd say if you have never done wire work, do not choose this as your first tutorial, but if you have a little experience making pendants & bails with wire, go ahead & give it a try! Be patient & go slow. Posted by Miss415 via Jewelrylessons.com
An enormously adaptive tutorial: I'll admit I've been a little lax about writing this review. I've been meaning to do it forever...I mean I bought it so long ago...I guess you could say my excuse is I've been making too many net bezel pendants. Really, it is that good. It has become my "go to" setting for uber large stones, odd shaped stones, massive hunks of druzy, fossils, poker chips (a special request), and even quartz points. It never fails to come out exactly as I have planned and look so complicated when in fact it is very easy to learn and apply. I've varried the weave on occasion, weaving one stone the same way I'd weave viking knit, adding beads to the next, and free forming a third. The point is, it is an incredibly adaptable design that is well worth the money. The directions are clear and concise, the pictures help clarify the text and the wole thing is very well done. Eni is the consumate teacher and her technique is obviously flawless. Posted by KPalumbo via JewelryLessons.com
Short List Classic: Illustrating her amazing creative force, this tutorial is an example of Eni's skill with enriching a classic technique. I place this tutorial among a very short list of essential techniques when learning wire weaving. Therefore for design I give this a full 5 stars.The netting technique of wire weaving, once learned, can be adapted to a wide range of projects and is particularly useful with organic stones although just about any stone can be captured (some more easily than others). Similar to Viking Knit, it is a simpler weave in execution, however, practice with wire is essential to maintain an even weave without kinking and breaking the wire. One can adapt the essentials of this tutorial in order to understand this broadly adaptable technique and therefore, 5 stars for technique.This tutorial is a complete project within 20 pages & 49 steps. The steps follow a logical sequence with precise, relevant descriptions and appropriate graphs for added clarity. The photographs are clear and without distraction. Therefore, for images and teaching full 5 stars for each.As to the price, currently priced at $5.99, it is my humble opinion that this is well priced for the value of this well written tutorial. Overall, and in closing, this is an excellent tutorial utilizing the classic technique of the net bezel in a pendant project. It is well priced for the value. It is excellent on all levels. I place this on a very short list of tutorials for learning classic wire weaving techniques and have and do recommend this tutorial without reservation. WW All 5 stars. Posted by WireWrangler on Jewelrylessons.com
Intermediate Level: some experience with wire-wrapping required
20 pages - 49 detailed steps
- 10 inches 18ga round soft wire
- 10 feet 28 ga round soft wire
- 1 cabochon or beach glass or pebble measuring approximately 1-1/2" by 1"
- Approximately 25 1mm metallic beads
- Permanent marker
- Measuring tape
- Flush wire cutter
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Masking tape
- Sewing pin
"Indispensable... every jewelry-maker should have this technique under their belt..."
"By FAR the most valuable tutorial I have every purchased, the netting technique can be used in so many ways"