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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert
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    Thanks for the detailed description of your process, Jeremy. This is the technique I use as well, but it does take a bit of practice to fine tune so that you instinctly know the exact amount of glue to use. (At least it did for me!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    You use Sharpies when working with the pearl to mark the drill hole, or which side you want facing out after setting. It’s essential when I’m working with my jeweler to mark the pearl with my preferred orientation, so I won’t be surprised/disappointed when I come to pick up my finished piece.
    Yes, preferred orientation is exactly what I was referring to.

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    What a useful discussion Everyone; sure beats the trial and error method; thanks for bringing it up, Bernadette, always timely.

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    Without to forget that one of the worse enemies of a good bonding is dust, and nacre dust staying in pearl holes after drilling it is. I use thin paint brushes N 0 or 00, I rotate in the hole to take off it. Pressurized air can be used too, but often put also water in hole, bad for a good gluying.
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    I've found success with wrapping a piece of tape around a needle or wire, sticky side out. I then insert it into the drill hole to clean out any dust. For fully drilled pearls, you can also temporarily string them on wire or thread and move them around a bit.
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    Tape is a good idea, Jersey Pearl, it must be thin to enter in small holes' diameters. Anyway, a good bonding ask to put glue on each part to stick, it's one of first rules to make that, so using a thin glued wire to do (carefully because burrs risks) inside pearl hole, and move it around as you explain for cleaning full drilled pearls, is not a bad thing.

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    Thanks Jeremy for pointing out the angle when gluing, I also do this.

    Here's a photo of a tray I use when gluing which I find invaluable in supporting the pearls during gluing - Its a Gem sorting tray.
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    The green "stuff" is not poster tack or plasticine it is a finger mark removal product used in the watch industry (No marks or residue left behind)

    katban, I had\have the same issue - the best is to develop a good relationship with a bench jeweller who can make\adjust fittings to your needs. The fittings in the background where made for me in yellow gold, with 1mm posts which are invaluable when working on South Sea or other pearls in larger sizes. There's no easy\consistent answer when buying "off-the-shelf" fittings

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    Thank you all for the great information in this thread!
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    Bernadette, I use pearl sorting cards (the cardboard kind with sticky spots to hold pearls) and dry my earrings the same way. I find the cards are great because who cares if glue splats on them! Stuller has a line of pearl findings they market for south seas pearls, which have much longer pegs.
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    JerseyPearl thank you for the information.

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    Excellent ideas, everyone!

    I've even used a bowl of (dry) rice when gluing long briolettes, because I can stick them down into the rice to hold upright.
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