Although it is necessary on many occasions to remove pearls before
working on a piece, it has not proven to always be worth the extra effort.
You don’t have to remove any pearls from my customers
jewelry before you weld on the ring…but you do have to hold those
pearls in your fingers while you work on the ring…since you and the
pearl and the glue will burn at about the same temp, do what you think
Good advice! And if you use a Hoke, Midget or Little torch with oxygen
and natural gas, propane or acetylene you may find this a very reasonable
alternative to wasting your time and your customers money on Attack and
Not to mention my burnt fingers.
After nearly thirty years on the bench, I have yet to burn my fingers
sizing a ring. If they get too warm, it is time to quench the work and
perhaps try a new tactic.
Can you trust heat shield to protect the seed pearls? …short answer… no
Why not? As long as the mud is wet, it is still cool!
Bruce D. Holmgrain