I have been asked to set an ivory carved pendant for lady from whom I
buy It is a very detailed carving of an Indian elephant.
It has a flat back and was previously set in what looks like a coin
mounting, and was chemically bonded. The piece is circular, about 1
1/2" across and carved virtually to the very edge of the pendant so I
have only abut 1/16" of uncarved ivory for any kind of bezel to rest
against (does that make any sense ) This pendant is almost like this
lady’s good luck charm and while I am honored that she has asked me
to do something with it for her I’m also fearful that I will mess
Now for my problem: I am very new to metal smithing working in
coppre, brass and sterling. I have about 2 years experience and have
bezel set many stones using bezel wire. I think my design idea
exceeds my capability, so I need some advice from your vast
experience. My idea is to set this in such a way that it is
reminiscent of the Taj Mahal: the back plate would be dome shaped at
the top, textured, etc. I would like to use beaded wire rather than
purchased bezel wire to set the elephant, but I’m not comfortable
that I know how to make sure the wire is snug enough against the
elephant to ensure that it won’t fall out. I plan to cut out the
area behind the elephant and leave only a very small “ledge” for the
elephant to lay on and had thought that I might need to chemically
bond (glue) the elephant to the plate just for extra security.
I’m open to other suggestions but really really need your help. Is
the beaded wire a good idea? Should I use something else, and if so
what Do anyone need a picture of the pendant to give me some
Oh, did I tell you she gave me this last night and would like it
completed so that someone else can make it into a necklace before
she goes to Tucson on Jan 22? I don’t want to discuss the part about
her having someone else make the necklace because then it will
become a rant and I really do want to make this pendant.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you, thank you.