How to Cut Shells Raw Material to Make Mother of Pearl Jewelry
Mother of pearl may seem like an expensive jewelry component, but with your own collection of cleaned shells and a few tools, you can make mother of pearl jewelry for a fraction of the cost make into replica van cleef arpels bracelet 5 motifs. Mother of pearl is an iridescent material that builds up on the inside of mollusk and oyster shells. Once these shells have been cleaned with a combination of muriatic acid and bleach, you will have smooth shells made mostly of mother of pearl. Cut the mother of pearl into shapes, drill a hole in each shape, and attach them to chains to make mother of pearl jewelry.
The Color of Mother of Pearl
Most often you have probably seen mother of pearl as all white. Any time you see white mother of pearl, you can bet on it that it has been breached. This sounds kind of bad, but many natural materials used in jewelry are often dyed or enhanced in some way. This is one reason why people tend to think of these as so similar to pearls as well since the coloring can be so much alike.
When drilling Mother of Pearl always make sure to:
1. Keep the bit cool with a few drops of mineral spirits.
2. Make sure that your bit is sharp and in good condition. I know a few makers who, after drilling for all their pins, actually throw away the bit to make sure that the next time they use a new one. While this can be expensive, these makers know that drilling won’t be the cause of a chipped pair of $325.00 scales, to make luxury jewelry like replica cartier juste un clou bracelet.
So now do you know how the mother of pearl in jewelry come from?