Today was the last day of metalsmithing class, and I completed my bezel ring! I had serious doubts about whether I would be able to, but the old elbow grease came through.
I have to admit - this was hard work. At one point I got into a tight spot and my teacher had to help me get out of it. As you can see, it's not completely perfect (the bezel cup is soldered on a little crookedly), but I think it's pretty decent for a first try.
Talk about blood (literally), sweat (literally), and tears (figuratively).