Giolla Fhaolain. jewelry. February 13th , 2017.
The worn-out cone shells are Puka shells. These shells comprise mollusks. When these mollusks die, the shell knocks about in the ocean and a hole wears in at the center of these shells. When these cone shells lose their tip and the pointed edge is eroded, Puka shells come into existence. These shells are thereby used to make Puka jewelry. These shells are polished by the ocean. The natural hole is used to strung the shells together. The Hawaiian word for 'hole' is Puka.
Rhodium plating renders a white color to gold jewelry. Since cobalt rings are bright white in color, they do not need to be plated with rhodium. The plating may wear off over time, thus exposing the original color. This is not the question with cobalt rings, since they are naturally white.
3. A to wide, 4 long piece of fiber (which is what I use) or a hard wood, such as maple, with a half moon cut out in the side is good to use to pound the piece into the circle that we want to achieve. With the rod positioned securely in a vice or cradled in a wooden jig, place the piece of silverware over the rod with the half-moon cutout directly over the rod on top of the piece and pound with a hammer. Work your way the length of the piece and it will begin taking shape. You can use a pair of adjustable pliers with leather over the jaws and taped in place to help bend the piece, never use metal tools directly against the silverware as it will scratch or mar the surface. Keep working the metal until you have a true circle and it is the size you want.
These are seeming to pop up everywhere, and for good reason. Many jewelers can take a diamond necklace and make it any length to form a choker. They can also be incorporated into any type of style, from the subtle to the extreme.
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