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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Hanaleimom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GemGeek View Post
    I've never had granulation come off before. That's too bad about the earrings. Maybe the manufacturer would be willing to repair it.
    Thanks for your reply. Luckily it happened a couple days after I bought them. I returned them.

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    yeah- they look amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearlescence View Post
    As long as the blob at the end of the pin is properly soldered on (I have known them come off but usually immediately) then they are in fact more secure than relying just on a blob of glue
    The blob at the end of the pin is usually the end of the wire, melted. When you heat the wire enough, it simply melts back onto itself, and forms the ball. Also, close to where metal is heated, it becomes more pliable. Perhaps this was the cause of the ball coming off, if there was some space between the ball & the pearl, and it was knocked or pushed, it may have broken at that point. If the pearl is right up against the ball, it protects the softest part of the wire.
    I think most of the "Lowly Beaders" earrings are made using fully drilled pearls, so there are sure to be lots of gorgeous design ideas, which could be interpreted in precious metal, from those sources.
    Also, I am in total awe of granulation! Those tiny balls are fused to the surface, by heating the metal *almost* to the point where it melts, bearing in mind, that small pieces of gold melt quicker than larger pieces, and the temperature is very hard to gauge, while the whole thing is nearing glowing cherry red. An absoulute triumph, Carolyn!

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    Hi Annuta,

    I made these resently from a pair of semi-dangling earrings I wasn't using. I used pondslime keshis from Kojima and a set of 14K headpins that I wired to the posts. For me it was a very happy solution to not wanting the pearl dangling from a hook.




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    Reviving an old thread.
    I have a nice SSP, drilled through that I want to turn into a pendant. Is there a website to look for a setting for it? All I see is for a half-drilled pearls.
    Thank you in advance!

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    Some people use a setting for a half drilled pearl and just fill in the hole on the bottom.

    Edit: You may want to read this: How to Plug a Drill Hole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Some people use a setting for a half drilled pearl and just fill in the hole on the bottom.

    Edit: You may want to read this: How to Plug a Drill Hole?
    Thank you, Pearl Dreams!
    That is exactly the answer I was looking for.

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    Quick question, what us full drilled or half drilled pearl, please?

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    You'll be noticing lots of jargon around here!

    Full drilled means the hole goes all the way through the pearl.

    Half drilled means the hole goes about 1/4 to 3/8 inch into the pearl at the "top."
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    [QUOTE=purlgurl;72720]The blob at the end of the pin is usually the end of the wire, melted. When you heat the wire enough, it simply melts back onto itself, and forms the ball. Also, close to where metal is heated, it becomes more pliable. Perhaps this was the cause of the ball coming off, if there was some space between the ball & the pearl, and it was knocked or pushed, it may have broken at that point. If the pearl is right up against the ball, it protects the softest part of the wire.
    I think most of the "Lowly Beaders" earrings are made using fully drilled pearls, so there are sure to be lots of gorgeous design ideas, which could be interpreted in precious metal, from those sources.
    Also, I am in total awe of granulation! Those tiny balls are fused to the surface, by heating the metal *almost* to the point where it melts, bearing in mind, that small pieces of gold melt quicker than larger pieces, and the temperature is very hard to gauge, while the whole thing is nearing glowing cherry red. An absoulute triumph, Carolyn![/Q"


    It is possible for a little granulation ball to get knocked off if for some reason it didn't fuse properly. Usually they are pretty firm attached but I wouldn't think of them as something hard wearing..like on a ring or bracelet where they can be knocked about. Earrings should be fine. Like purlgurl I am totally in awe of the process. Very tricky.

    As for the ball on an eye pin , occasionally you might have a wire/ball that has been a bit overheated during the process of forming and the wire melts a bit too much creating a thinner , weaker spot next to the ball. This is normally noticeable and should be scrapped as they break off quite easily.

    Personally I'm not a fan of using fully drilled pearls for earrings. They are often left over pearls from a necklace rather than pearls selected specifically for earrings. This does, of course, mean that they are a good money maker as they are less generally much less expensive. Good to use in fun designs.

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    Thank you Pattye!

    Are the stud earrings made with half drilled pearls?
    What about a pin that is in my avatar, frog holding a pearl? any idea on how deep would the drill go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zowie View Post
    Thank you Pattye!

    Are the stud earrings made with half drilled pearls?
    What about a pin that is in my avatar, frog holding a pearl? any idea on how deep would the drill go?
    Well, half-drilled pearls are set on a pin, plus adhesive. It's not only about the pin, which can be small.
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