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Bezel setting a shark's tooth


#21

Hey Nanz,

Your comment about “bezel setting dead animal parts” struck a
particularly raw nerve for me… A few weeks ago, in the middle of a
haircut, my hairstylist asked whether or not I was able to mount
unevenly-shaped objects into high-karat gold jewelry. When I said
that I usually could, she walked over to her handbag, pulled out a
large, black, dead bird’s claw, and asked I’d charge her to bezel set
her late pet raven’s claw into a necklace, so she could “still keep
him present” in her wiccan ceremonies! (I deferred, thank you.)

Now, what was that you’d said about a shark’s tooth?

Douglas
Turet, G.J.,
Turet Design, LLC
P.O. Box 242 Avon, MA 02322-0242
doug. at.turetdesign.com


#22

To Sarah Rhodes,

Re: elephant tusk, the Post by Katherine Polochak says to not use a
two-part epoxy resin on a bear tooth as it will make it mushy. So I
used a small amount of JB Weld a putty style epoxy. I do not know
what would effect an elephant tusk, although I have used two-part
epoxy to put “ivory” back into mountings. For a large tusk I was
thinking, (just to cushion it into the bezel) a two-part knead-able
silicone epoxy.

Nanz Aalund
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
21027 Crossroads Circle / Waukesha WI 53187-1612
262.796.8776 ext.228


#23

I prong set a shark tooth for a ring with 2 big prongs on the sides
and a large flat prong? at the back. I made the seat out of wax, I
molded the wax to the shape of the tooth and then had it cast. here
is a picture.

Marya


#24

Dear Nanz,

Thanks for your advice. I will try and get hold of a two-part
knead-able silicone epoxy - but what is this usually used for? Will
I be able to get hold of it in a hardware store or a car parts shop?

Regards,
Sarah
Botswana


#25

Dear Sarah,

sorry for the delay in my responding, but a hardware store should
carry the two-part knead able silicone. I really don’t know what it
is used for other than the odd jewelry applications I have used it
for, maybe a hardware person will know. Good luck!

Nanz Aalund
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
21027 Crossroads Circle / Waukesha WI 53187-1612
262.796.8776 ext.228