Hi Sharron. I have made few hair combs from various materials. Some
of the Art Nouveau examples from around the 1930’s were a great
inspiration. Do an internet search for Lalique, Fouquet and Vever
Hair combs. There are some fantastic pieces made from bone, wood,
metal, vintage plastics or resins and various other materials. I
found metal a little too heavy to make the whole thing from. Metal
thin enough to be light enough will usually bend too easily.
Riveting a nicely pierced silver or gold top piece is not difficult
at all. I highly recommend piercing out the comb part from Mother Of
Pearl. But BEWARE of the dust from the Mother of Pearl.
ALWAYS use a face mask to prevent breathing in the dust. Its not the
most toxic thing in the jewellery trade but still not good to inhale
it. You can also use a little water when sanding or cutting it to
stop the dust becoming airborne.The reason I like M.O.P is because
it is relatively cheap and is a lightweight and strong natural
material,that often has nice grain or pattern to it. It can be
polished and worked very easily.
If you cant locate any M.O.P, since you are doing a nice thing for a
friend I might consider sending you a piece since you’ve got me in a
generous mood.Also if you want I can send you some pictures and other
hints to your email.
I’m currently trying to work through over 4000 emails that have come
through since I last had a quiet day so I may not see a response to
this. If you like you can CC a response to [phil at philwalker dot co
dot nz] so I don’t miss it.
Thanks Phil W