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Soldering close to gemstones


#1

I’m designing a necklace using semi precious stone rondelles. The
client is very active, physically, and has expressed concern that
the necklace might catch on something, snap, and scatter beads
everywhere. So I’m thinking of stringing it on foxtail braid, and
soldering a ring on the end of the braid. What’s the best way to
accomplish this without damaging the stone beads closest to the
solder point? Should I use sterling beads for the last half inch?
What alternatives might I consider to give the client piece of mind
about preventing a bead fling free-for-all?

Thanks for any suggestions
Linda


#2

Linda,

Tell your client that a necklace is jewelry…adornment. It’s not a
hammer and not designed to be worn in active sports.or other
activities. It’s not armor.

Yipes.
Wayne Emery
thelittlecameras.com


#3

Use either a Laser welder or a PUK welder. Otherwise you run the
risk of shattering the stones


#4

Hi, Linda –

One other thing you should think about, here – your client’s
safety. Which would the client prefer, 1) hanging or garroting
herself but having the garrrote remain intact; or having a fling
free-for-all but still having an intact neck?

Margaret


#5

String them like pearls on silk with knots.


#6
The client is very active, physically, and has expressed concern
that the necklace might catch on something... 

You are asking for alternatives: Your customer is aware that s/he is
not compatible with a necklace. You might want to consider refusing
this job. If anything, really anything, happens to the necklace
within the next century or so, your customer will come back to you
requesting free repair by saying “I have told you…”.

Maybe a dogs collar… :wink: