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How to inlay petrified dinosaur bone in a ring

The first time I saw petrified dinosaur bone was nearly 19 years ago. It was a red agatized dinosaur bone also known as gembone. Gembone is made when agate fills in all the nooks and crannies of the bone leaving you with a very interesting pattern.

Here is a great picture of the patterning in gembone.

One of my favorite things to do with gembone is to inlay it into a ring. It makes a great ring for both men and women. It so happens that I was making one for a client and had the camera running.

I thought I would walk you through the some of the basics.

 

Step #1 I start with a sterling silver or a gold cast ring. The ring has a cavity in it for the gembone to be set into. This cavity could be any shape. For this example I am using a rectangle shape.

 

Step #2 The second thing I do is select my rough dinosaur gembone and cut a piece with a trim saw. This particular piece was a sweet find.

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Save yourself some time and your sweet money!

Save yourself some time and your sweet money!

Here are a few essential things to have while you are setting up your silversmithing or goldsmithing shop.

Knowing what tools to buy can save you big money and frustration from buying the wrong stuff.

Take it from me, I had to find out the hard way more than a few times.

Provided below are a few FREE TOOL lists to help you find the right tools.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE STUFF!

  1. Free torch tool list. This is great if you have ever wanted to set up a soldering station in your shop.
  2. Free bezel setting tool list. Start adding a little color in to your designs with gemstones.
  3. Free stone cutting – lapidary diagrams, stone hardness chart and a step by step diagram on how to cut a cabochon shaped gemstone.

I hope this will help to get your shop up and running smoothly.

All the best,

Michael Seiler

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How to bezel set gemstones like a pro!

How to bezel set like a pro

Welcome! Learn the basic steps of setting a gemstone in a bezel mounting. This video takes you step by step and does a little trouble shooting along the way. Learn what tools you need to set gemstones as well as how to use them.
If you have ever struggled to set stones or just wanted to know how to add a little color to your jewelry this is a great place to start.

Thanks for watching.
I have a link below to the tool list. You can also find it under Supplies in the menu. Enjoy!

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