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    Default First Attempt at Pearls on Chain

    So, not to long ago I was asking about jewelry soldering and got some great responses...and though I probably chose the worst material to start off with...0.8mm wide 18KT gold box chains...I was successful without too much trouble (though I did melt almost an inch of chain on my first soldering attempt).

    Anyways, I had a customer request that I create a higher quality version of two necklaces sold by Shecy...and here's what they ended up looking like.

    First necklace is 16 inch, 0.8mm wide 18K yellow gold box chain with 5 x 7-7.5mm Akoya pearls and 4 x 3mm 18K yellow gold beads. I used loose grade Akoya's and I did have to drill 1.13mm holes in each in order to thread the chain through them.

    Second necklace is also a 16 inch, 0.8mm wide 18K yellow gold box chain with 2 x 7-7.5mm Akoya pearls and 1 x 4mm 18K yellow gold beads. I also had to half drill the Akoya's with 1.13mm holes.

    Special thanks to Wendy for the soldering was invaluable. And special thanks to Jeremy for warning me about how difficult drilling Akoya's could prevented me from destroying these little beauties.

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    Second-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
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    Asia Pacific (Melbourne and Singapore)


    i'm impressed. first drilling and soldering and now beading. and with the best materials too. your learning curve was steep but you nailed it. good luck with it.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl Expert Amrita's Avatar
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    Tianjin & Beijing, China


    Well done, morphius! That's very good work. I like both your creations, but LOVE the first one! I can imagine it looking quite elegant around someone's neck!

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    Good design! I guess you hate your camera too.^_^

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    no - I like my camera - because the necklaces are on a bust, I used two reflectors to get rid of as much shadow as possible for these quick pics - I know it means the luster isn't visible at all, but for these pics, I wasn't worried about that - I just wanted to be able to shoot the final pieces. I'll work on producing cleaner images later.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl Expert KarinK's Avatar
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    Those designs are really pretty!

    - Karin

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    I second Adeline, I'm very impressed on what you've managed to do in a short time. Those necklaces look great!

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    Pearl Scholar Senior Pearl Expert pattye's Avatar
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    Very pretty designs and easy to wear! Good for you, Morphius! Thanks for the photo tips also. I've never tried reflectors.


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    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl Expert
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    I really like the designs...and I'm really impressed with your brave foray into soldering...and on gold...that can make for expensive mistakes !

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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
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    Oceanside, CA


    Morphius (Great Name), those are darling little necklaces. You are so clever. Now I can't wait to see what you do next.
    The World Is My Oyster!

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    Great work Morphius..
    I have just been playing around with pearls on chain these last couple of days myself. The top necklace is 8 Chinese fresh water stacked petal pearls, middle necklace is the same with a Tahitian circle pearl in the middle and the bottom necklace is Tahitian keshi on 14K chain.
    I plan to do more of these .. I like the oxidized chain for how it makes the pearls really pronounced.
    Serendipitous to see this thread today!
    Cheers, Sarah
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    Sarah Canizzaro
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    Ohhhhh I LIKE those Sarah...Very nice indeed
    David - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    I am officially in love with these designs. A question to the experts: Do you have any sense as to whether the pearls sliding on the chain could cause damage to the pearl? Is it likely that the chain would wear through the pearl eventually?

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    I don't know about Sarah's designs, but the pearls shown in my two images have been secured in place with a clear "cement", to prevent sliding on the chain.
    David - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    Pearl Designer & Collector Senior Pearl Expert
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    Out of Murray Bridge, South Australia


    morphius, Wendy & Sarah,

    Well done. Clever doing the soldering yourself. Wendy can you direct me to the soldering video. Barry has done some soldering but he doesn't feel confident about it and I haven't done any and really need to. There are so many little jobs that jewellers want a fortune to do.

    Any ideas on the best place to buy all the necessary bits and pieces would help too. Prices here in Australia are too expensive so I need to buy from overseas.

    Dawn - Bodecia
    eBay Seller ID dawncee333 and natural pearl collector and all round pearl lover.

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