This won't be easy to explain. It should have been simple.
Someone fell in love with the Vintage Jasper Necklace which she found on Pinterest. She asked if I would still sell the tutorial, and I said sure, so I turned on the listing. Then I thought, "Gee, I still have some of the materials for those kits. What if I just buy some new cabochons?" The buyer was enthusiastic, so I contacted Intrinsic Trading, (via telephone, I usually see them in person at the G&LW Show, but we all know how things like that were eliminated to keep us all safe) and bought 16 new rectangle cabochons and enough of the barrel pairs to allow me to make up some nice sets.
The sales person mentioned that the rectangles were not all exactly the same size. She showed me a photo. I had designed the bezel to be largish, in order to make for easy fitting and finishing, so I thought and extra mm here or there would not be a big deal.
An extra 4 mm however, is quite a big deal. And 4mm in width, plus another two in length is an even bigger deal.
There were two Millenial pinkish cabs. Usually I choose the least worthy cabs to make my samples, leaving the best of everything for buyers. But this time, (it being 2020 and all) I took one of these yummy pink ones. I started with the basic bezel base to try to estimate what I needed to do. Then I made my first try at an enlarged version. I could tell it was too small by Row 8. So I made a third effort, all the way to the end, with a very thready corner which I found deeply unsettling.
I thought the third one was good until the last couple bezel rows, and illustrated as I went along. But I was wrong.
So, time for a fourth effort. Which was nice, and fit beautifully!
"You can increase or decrease the width or length of this bezel by the simple addition or subtraction of 4 beads, 2 on two opposite sides. I think of these sizes in terms of the number of up beads on a side after Row 3 is woven. The original bezel is 12 tall by 7 wide, and the XL above is 12 tall x 9 wide. I’ll make you a little chart for your own use."
Original Bezel 34x20mm 80 beads in Rows 1&2 12 x 7 up beads in Row 3
Possible Bezel 34x22mm 84 beads in Rows 1&2 12 x 8 up beads in Row 3
XL Bezel 34x24mm 88 beads in Rows 1&2 12 x 9 up beads in Row 3
Possible Bezel 36x20mm 84 beads in Rows 1&2 13 x 7 up beads in Row 3
Possible Bezel 36x22mm 88 beads in Rows 1&2 13 x 8 up beads in Row 3
XXL Bezel 36x24mm 92 beads in Rows 1&2 13 x 9 up beads in Row 3