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Repairing amber - New Question


#1

Hi everyone, I have a sterling silver ring to repair in which the
amber (baltic, annealed) is glued into the setting. I need to get the
amber out of the setting, and so am wondering does anyone know how
sensitive baltic amber is to acetone. Or can anyone recommend another
solvent?

Cheers,
Hans Durstling
Moncton, Canada


#2
I need to get the amber out of the setting, and so am wondering does
anyone know how sensitive baltic amber is to acetone. 

Hans, Don’t use acetone, unless you want to dissolve the amber. Try
boiling in water ( H2O ) ,it softens the epoxy, works on pearls too.
This is the safest solution I know of.

Dean D Amick


#3

hans - there’s a debonder/solvent made by ‘uncommon conglomerates,
inc’ that is harmless to every material i have used it on from amber
to pearls, skin, etc. this makes - what? - the 50th time i’ve touted
this product of which i own no shares or have an affiliation.

ive


#4

Ive, What’s the name of this miracle debonder/solvent by “uncommon
conglomerates, inc.”? Thanks. --Sherry Terao


#5

sherry - the company is ‘uncommon conglomerates, inc.’ at 287 east 6th
street. st. paul, mn 55101 & toll-free number: 800/323-4545 - the
debonder is item ‘pb-400’ & described as “removes ‘paleo-bond’
[their] adhesives from hands and fossils.” they have several
viscosity adhesives from water to filling gaps over 1 cm; their
primary market is for paleontologists to stabilize/harden fragile
fossils. they have a ‘penetrant stabilizer’ that may be of use to
someone who makes jewelry using orthoceres, trilobites, etc. & need
something to hold them together from the inside since it hardens
from the inside first - they also have the zapper: the activator for
immediate curing of the adhesives - they have a $25.00 minimum which
is the debonder & a couple of glues - hope this helps,

ive