New posting to The Gem and Jewelry Master Board BBS
This is a problem for all of us I suspect…In desperation I have talked
my dentist out of sereral of his catalogues and am trying to figure out
if some dental adhesves would work…Jury is still out on this…
In regards to your query about posts, this is what I do.
First if the pearl is predrilled I check the diameter of the hole and
then create a "screw " , essentialy a gold post with fairly wide threads,
slightly larger than the diameter of the pearl hole, then I inject some
hide glue ( which is what I currently use until the dental glues arrive)
into the pearl and some on the post and screw the pearl onto the post.
This condition then is one of the pearl must be unscrewed and the glue is
merely to keep it from coming unscrewed . I hope this helps…
Hi Terry and thanks for taking the time…
I had thought of the screw idea but hadn’t put it to work… Your
comments will now
stimulate me to do that in the future. I think that’s a good start, if
not the actual solution.
Do you notice how exposed and vulnerable the pearls are on some very high
end designs? I have seen big South Sea pearls sitting on their own in a
ring setting. Image that occurs is that pearl getting a hit and coming
loose, no matter what. Surmise that a lot of makers aren’t particularly
concerned what happens after the ring gets sold. There are a lot of
solitary pearl designs out there, and it just seemed to me that someone
had a better way of putting them on than I had figured out.
Another idea that I saw described in a book was to saw the post
vertically for a few mm with an 8/0 blade and then start a wedge shaped
piece of metal at the top of the slot. Insert the assembly into the hole
in the pearl and drive the wedge into the slot at the same time you push
the pearl onto the post. That method is feasible, but there is going to
be a lot of guessing about how long to make the wedge, etc.
Keep in touch about the dental glues. Sounds promising.