1) The stones are not all the same size
2) A single strand of beads does not sit well on the stone, especially round stones, making measurements difficult.
Double sided tape would hold the strand in place, however, I am just not sure what the effect will be over the years so that is an option I choose not to use.
My shortcut? Painter's tape.
Get a rough estimate of the circumference of your stone.
Cut a straight edge on the leading edge of your painter's tape.
Cut a straight edge on the trailing edge of your painter's tape just a bit larger than the stone you want to set.
Wrap the tape around the stone.
Mark the overlap with a marker.
Remove the tape.
Cut a straight edge through the mark on the long end of the painter's tape.
String your beads to the length between the two points.
|Short cut to measure a stone for a bezel|
This just makes it easier, you are still going to need to add just a bead or two extra to make up for the width of the beads.
As you can see, I am now working on getting the bezel done. I will have finished pictures next week; until then, here is are pictures of the first 3 rows, using Galvanized Bright Silver 10/0 delicas.
|Turquoise slab bezel in progress|
|Another view of the turquoise slab bezel in progress|