Double Balled Head Pins With Beads

by Capricious Crowns
(USA)

I know how to ball one end of a wire, but after threading the bead on there, how do you ball the other with a torch?

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by: Linda

For the most part you don't because the heat shock will crack or explode the gem or stone you have on the wire.

Some gems will be more forgiving, but I'm not the one to tell you which ones will survive the shock.

If there were a way to insulate the heat from the stone or what have you, like a heat resistant blanket, you could possibly do it that way.

I would use the ugliest stone, in the type you are wanting without any cracks, to experiment with.

If it survives, use only stones with no visible cracks...that can be seen by a magnifying instrument.

Hope that helps.

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by: Anonymous

There is actually a product that you can buy to put on your gems so that the heat won't bother them.

I can't think of the name of it but I know you can buy it online. If I can find the link I will get back to you. :)

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by: Linda

The insulating thing that I was talking about before was an insulating blanket.

You can find them where jewelry welding materials are found. You also might be able to find it at a local hardware store.

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Double Balled Head Pins With Beads
by: Dinah

I tried Kool Jool, and the garnet was the only survivor. I expected this. I don't have an insulating blanket, but know what they are.

I do know that covering them might work, depending on the hardness (Moh's) of the stone is the determining factor.

The double balled ends for some of my bracelets is not an issue, but when you are adding gemstones, this is where it becomes an issue.

Thank you for your posts.
Dinah

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