I've made a pendant, set the stones, patina, texture and now once
I've placed the necklace it's slightly crooked (ie. not
horizontal). What is the easiest was to fix? I'd prefer not to take
the piece a part and solder.
The answer depends on how easily you could unset and reset the
stones. If this would be only annoying to have to do, but not
difficult to actually do, then just bite the bullet and fix the
If, on the other hand, getting the stone out and back in is a risk
or difficult, etc, then here are a couple other options.
Sometimes, depending on the design of the bale, you may be able to
bend it to one side, shifting how it hangs. This isn’t satisfying
aesthetically, as you’ve improved how it hangs, but then the bale
looks off. But sometimes it only takes a little bit.
You can remove and replace the bale if you have access to a PUK
welder or Laser welder, without removing the stones or even
drastically affecting the finish. If you don’t have such, as I expect
is the case, find someone who does who can help. These days,
increasing numbers of commercial jewelry shops have them, and having
a pro fix it for you may be the simplest. There are a number of
people here on Orchid, myself included, who could do this for you,
though in my case at least, I imagine you’d have to ship it to me.
Finding someone local would be easier.
You may be able to shift the center of gravity by attaching another
piece, perhaps with a rivet, to the high side. Or maybe hang
something, another stone perhaps, adding to the design that way.
Sometimes you might be able to open up the bale and fit a tube into
it, off center, and rivet it to the bail or to the piece itself.
Being off center through the bail can be an interesting design
element if you plan it well, and it can fix the hanging problem. You
do have to figure out how to attach it gracefully and securely,
Just a few thoughts. Perhaps one will be of use.