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As a boy I collected all kinds of semi-precious stones and things of the like. In my box of  treasures was this silver pearl. I made a pendant and presented it in the jewelry box I made my wife for Valentine’s Day.

Before I made it I did a few rust experiments. The results here.

Step 1: Initial polish

To start I cut a section of ½” pipe. This pipe is in the electrical section at the hardware store. Five feet cost me $2.00. I chucked it in my lathe and used 400 grit sand paper followed by 800, and 2000 to polish it.

Doing this will make it eaisier to polish towards the end.

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<p>I would imagine a good polish inside and out with Renaissance Wax would help delay any rusting that might occur, especially where the zinc and zinc alloy have been compromised when making the indentation. As the comprimised area is on the inside of the pendent the wax barrier would take longer to wear off.</p>
<p>Beautiful piece of jewellery, I will make one for my daughter. I have read your instructions through several times and would ask for clarification at Step 2. You mark the 6mm point on the tube which will allow the pearl to putrude a little either side. You then scored that line with a pipecutter. I assume that the initial groove you then refer to is a second score line on the tube that you make at the 3 mm mid point and this is then expanded with the file. How wide do you expand this too? I assume this is a wide shallow indent that will cup the side of the pearl. Sorry if I'm being a bit dense, but I'd hate to make a mistake for the want of asking a question. Again beautiful piece of work. I sometimes wish that it was my husband who was the handy one so that he could make me pieces like this. If I want one I'll have to make it myself, not quite the same thing.</p>
<p>The jesture still bigger than the gift.</p><p>The electrical pipe you used is called condulet. It rusts later on. You've already invested in a silver chain, why didn't you buy a silver strip instead of that condulet? </p>
<p>Love this design! Thank you so much for sharing your concept!! I modified how I actually made it based upon my materials and tools. But, it works and I just love the design!!</p>
This is cool and simple. I want to try it but I might cut grooves in the metal to give it some more texture.
how to fix pearl. what u use to fixed the pearl? any glue or ??
No glue. It's held in a groove with just tension.
its a good work man.
I absolutely love it! Wish I had those types of things here in my home, I'd make them for myself! :D
Awesome work<br>i was wondering where you get your chains that you put the pendants and things on
The one shown is a silver box chain. I think I got it from Target for about $15.00. Though sometimes I use fashion chain which you can get at the craft store, 6' for $3.00.
very pretty! I have a loose pearl, i want to try this!!!!!!!
WOW! You are one creative man!
Thanks!
Change of subject. In another of your 'ibles you said you used stainless paperclips. Where do those come from? I really like this pendant and your instruction are very complete and clear. Thanks.
The paper clips I use are just the common ones you find at any store. If I wrote that maybe you could let me know on which ible so I can correct it. Thanks for the comment.
Incredibly pretty and very sweet! Where did you get the pearl? I'm also curious as to how pearl would react with the metal, would it?
The pearl came from Sea World during the 1980's. I'll keep you posted on any metal pearl reactions.
REALLY pretty!
Beautiful! Your wife is one lucky lady. :-)
Interesting idea you've got here!<br><br>How did you polish the inside of the loop where the ends meet?
Wonderful Valentine's gift! So beautiful!
Simply Beautiful. ;)

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