Picture of Tension Set Pearl Pendant
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

Picture of 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.
klwatters made it!23 days ago

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!!

Showler1 year ago
This is cool and simple. I want to try it but I might cut grooves in the metal to give it some more texture.
victosingh1 year ago
how to fix pearl. what u use to fixed the pearl? any glue or ??
Mrballeng (author)  victosingh1 year ago
No glue. It's held in a groove with just tension.
iOskr3 years ago
its a good work man.
Klesa3 years ago
I absolutely love it! Wish I had those types of things here in my home, I'd make them for myself! :D
hrollinson3 years ago
Awesome work
i was wondering where you get your chains that you put the pendants and things on
Mrballeng (author)  hrollinson3 years ago
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.
neetz3 years ago
very pretty! I have a loose pearl, i want to try this!!!!!!!
WOW! You are one creative man!
Mrballeng (author)  RedneckEngineer3 years ago
stormy03143 years ago
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.
Mrballeng (author)  stormy03143 years ago
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.
Kryptonite3 years ago
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?
Mrballeng (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
The pearl came from Sea World during the 1980's. I'll keep you posted on any metal pearl reactions.
MaryT8M3 years ago
REALLY pretty!
susanrm3 years ago
Beautiful! Your wife is one lucky lady. :-)
Interesting idea you've got here!

How did you polish the inside of the loop where the ends meet?
Wonderful Valentine's gift! So beautiful!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Simply Beautiful. ;)