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    i have recently sold a baroque pearl necklace and have been asked to make a pair of stud earrings for them. The problem is that the pearls used have a drilled hole going all the way through , does anyone know a good way to disguise the holes ?

    I was thinking of maybe a bit of epoxy glue with some dye thrown in to match the navy colour?

    I have also contacted where i got the pearls from and they do not do undrilled pearls.

    has anyone any other idea's, i would love the help.

    Thanks
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  • #2
    If you can't get an undrilled option, how about faux riveting them? Just use a cut down headpin, fixed in place with epoxy, or use a hard headpin full length to make the earpin itself.
    george
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    • #3
      We have half drillled pearls at Kernowcraft if you wanted to buy some new ones. I'm not sure that disguising the hole would work that well, but otherwise George's idea sounds like it could work quite well.
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      • #4
        Do they definitely want studs? If they're not averse to a small dangle and the pearls are big enough, could you turn them side on, half drill them for the stud fitting and then use the original threading hole to put a wire loop through and dangle another pearl underneath?
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        • #5
          You always could buy half drilled pearls out there... not bought any for donkeys mind you, but look under half drilled gemstones as pearls are sometimes listed under that banner so to speak.

          Half drilled is what you need though.
          Mint

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          • #6
            Carolinej
            that is a great idea, I must remember that one
            sally

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            • #7
              Not with earrings - but I've had that problem.
              Mizgeorge's idea works. You are left with a little spot of gold in the middle of the pearl. Getting the metal bit flush with the surface of the pearl takes a bit of trial and error (unless you have a mathematical bent - I'm more gung ho - chop a bit off, hit it with a hammer). Going back to the gold spot. As everything is shiny and reflective, it is there but not overwhelmingly so.
              I would add, though, that what you have been asked for is what half drilled pearls are half drilled for.....
              AnnieAnna

              PS For Mizgeorge. I was making historical repro ouches - a cross between buttons and brooches - and tried it the C16th way - rivetting the pearls in place. It was interesting. It did work. I had a slightly high attrition rate of smashed pearls - they were fake glass ones -

              Little Goth - stick with the glue.......

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