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Bezel setting a shark's tooth

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

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

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

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

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

So it’s clear?

Tho if it were me I’d want something that lasts so the piece is an heirloom through and through. Im thinking e6000 will last longer that neoprene???

Oh interesting! So it doesn’t absorb water? I ask cuz a wine cork is sort of damp when you pull it out of wine… just damp.