Faux Pas or For Real?

Stone setting can be a challenge. Add to the mix making your own bezels and working with clay to dramatically set your stone with your one-of-a-kind work. I've done pretty well with this idea for several pieces, but for some reason, my last attempt was a definite faux pas. Since metal clay shrinks, you have to allow for this during your initial firing of the piece. When I am setting a stone, I like to fill the bezel area with investment (a product you mix--like concrete--that serves as a placeholder for stones during firing--also use to make ring pellets) and then fire.

Well, this time around, I totally forgot the investment and then the bezel shrunk with the clay firing and well . . .stone didn't fit. Big sigh. What to do . . .