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[Beads] Re-inflation!


#1

Hello all- I have a large scale (3" x 1") silver bead that has been
flattened. The bead was mean to be a spacer on a bracelet and there
are 6 holes on each of the long ends to accomodate the cords. How do
I go about puffing up the bead, it is more pushed in at the center,
the ends seem to be OK. Any help is appreciated!
Saille


#2

Hello Saille, If possible, solder a wire to the center of the dent.
When the bead is cool, pull on the wire. Sometimes you have to repeat
the process several times, but it works well and is quite fast. I use
this method to repair antique bangle bracelets. Have fun. Tom Arnold


#3
    Hello Saille, If possible, solder a wire to the center of the
dent. When the bead is cool, pull on the wire. Sometimes you have to
repeat the process several times, but it works well and is quite
fast. I use this method to repair antique bangle bracelets. 

Tom, Great suggestion - I’ll be putting it to work on some long
shelved dented beads myself!

L.J. Smole


#4

Hello Saille,

What I whould do is next.

1.Solder a silver wire on top of the flattened part with silver
solder.

2.Quench it in order to make it soft.

3.Pull on the wire to remove the flat part.

4.Remove the wire,you may heat tread it to harden it again.

5.Clean up and polish.

Regards Pedro
Palonso@t-online.de


#5

solder a piece of silver wire to the dent and pull it out if it’s not
to deep, be careful not to tear the piece.

Good luck!
Matt the Catt