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Drilling pearls


#1

Good morning, I have a 12 mm pear shape Tahitian pearl that
needs to be drilled at the top of the pear, to hang as a pendent.
I have drilled pearls before but not one of this shape and
value. Does anyone have any suggestions on the procedure and what
kind of adhesive do you recommend. I normally use the 2 part
epoxy that you buy at the hardware store and takes 24 hours to
set up. Any insight on this procedure would be greatly
appreciated. Eileen, in the deep snow!


#2

Eileen, I always use the two part epoxy, but I prefer the 5
minute kind. I use what ever size regular drill bit I need to
drill the holes with but first use a small ball burr to start the
hole so it does’nt travel around on that high dollar pearl. Never
had a problem with anything comming apart just make sure to make
some little teeth marks, I use a pair of small of side nippers
and just bearly give the post a slight squeeze as far down the
post as I can.That way the glue has something to hold onto. Good
luck, …Matt the Catt