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How to fix a shadowbox setting


#1

Oh - I am so upset - I made a bracelet that involved a shadowbox
setting, and as I was shaping it around the mandrel, I dented the
inverted dome that forms the shadowbox. Then i did it again, other
side (well, at least they’re somewhat symmetrical…).

Can anyone give me advice on how to bump out those dents w/out
taking the whole thing apart? I don’t think I could bear to do all
that soldering over again.

thanks -
Ivy


#2
Can anyone give me advice on how to bump out those dents w/out
taking the whole thing apart? I don't think I could bear to do all
that soldering over again. 

One method is to solder a wire to the dent, pull it out, cut off the
wire, grind down the spot, re polish.

Elaine
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#3

Thought it might help to have a picture of what I’m trying to fix -
here’s a link to it - http://www.ivysfasko.com/shadowbox.

The problem is that I think it will be hard to take the shadowbox
off - it was soldered on w/ medium solder before the diamond shaped
piece was affixed to the band (med solder) or the side half-round
pieces and end caps that you can’t see were soldered on w/ easy.

Maybe I should just set the aqua and make up and interesting story?

Ivy


#4

Hello Ivy, About your dented shadowbox. What about cutting another
thin piece of silver and soldering it over the damaged one? Although,
the good story does have a certain appeal. Something romantic, I
suppose.

Have fun.
Tom Arnold


#5

Hi Ivy,

Maybe I should just set the aqua and make up an interesting story? 

Or make a whole row of dents around the stone and say it was on
purpose :-)!

Beth


#6

I reckon your best bet, other than replacing the bezel, is to fill
the dents by soldering shaped pieces of metal in. Prepare the dents
by filing a groove into them so that wire can be laid sideways and
fit nicely. Make sure you overfill the deepest parts so that the
surplus can be carefully filed away to match the contours. Then
finish in the normal way.

If you are careful, the “repair” should be unnoticeable.

Regards, Gary Wooding


#7

desolder the bezel after putting wadding over the stone,anneal the
metal with wet wadding, or other thermal protectant in place (or
just remove the stone). On a wood stump,or wood dapping block or
thick rubber anvil, use a smaller- than- the -dents dapping punch
from behind and a 2 oz. jewelers/watchmakers hammer and tap the
punch.fill any remainingn defects from the front with plumb silver
solder and shape with radial bristle discs, or emery flame point bur,
and then polish to desired finish or,better yet, to disguise the
repair, and if you like the look, use a satin finish an the bezel
immediately around the stone. If stone was removed, replace with a
bearing wire from behind,or use a compression collet inside the bezel
to hold the stone firmly in place…or go with Beth’s idea and
repeat the denting for a hammered…uh, dented look!!! all round the
thing…R.E.R.