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.
Step 2: Cut the groove
The pearl is held within a groove by the tension of the metal. I based my measurements off the pearl which is about 6.5mm wide.
First I marked the pipe with marker. I followed that mark by scoring a line with a pipe cutter. Next I used a carbide bit to cut the initial groove. I expanded the groove with a round hobby file.
Step 3: Refine the ring
After cutting the ring free at the score line I filed off any rough edges left behind from the pipe cutter.
Safety First: Use extreme caution if you use a lathe like I do. You have to understand what angles are the safest when using a file on a piece that’s spinning at 2500 RPM. Just incase you hit the chuck you want it to deflect not get bound up. Always work within your experience.
Step 4: Open the ring
I located the seam on the inside of the ring and used wire snips to cut it open. Next I flattened it it out with a hammer on a hard surface. Make sure you don’t hit it too hard. You don’t want to mar it up.