As a gift for a person who doesn’t wear jewelry, I adorned a collar
for her cat, using bezel set jade alternating with silver domes (it
is on my web site under “Earrings and Things”). I added an ID tag
and wanted to include a bell. The bell is important for outdoor
cats because it warns birds of the cat’s intentions.
The bell I made is a 24-gauge sterling closed sphere (9.5-mm) with a
pierced design opening. It has a solid 4-mm sterling ball loose
inside. I tumbled it in steel shot.
The bell does not ring. All I got was a rattle. Even when it bangs
against the tag, it only clanks. I also tried a larger sphere with
a large opening and a bell clapper. Still no ring. A half-sphere
with a clapper makes a tiny ring but if it is not swinging free of
the collar, it too doesn’t ring. The ordinary steel bells that come
with cat collars ring no matter which way it is moved.
Has anyone made a silver bell out of a more or less closed form.
Anyone have any ideas? Thanks for help.