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    Default Hanging a pendant with no hole

    Evening everyone, any ideas how I can get a jumpring/ bail on this one? It's a piece of fossil coral in the shape of bamboo. I want to have a neat solution to hanging it vertically. I might even make the chain, as I think it needs something a little arty.
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    I've sat in front of this picture for a while Sheena, and come to the conclusion that if I suggested you drill it and a bit fell away, it would be all my fault. There is already at least one visible crack.

    Instead I would suggest you glue in place a pretty shape (heart, shield, clover leaf) that has a jump ring soldered on.
    It would have to be swaged (made half round like part of a tube) to fit, be attached to the back, and narrow enough not to show from the front.

    The glue could be five minute Araldite, which comes in two parts you mix together. Dennis.

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    I think I'd go for an endcap (just a basic bezel) for the top, with a jump ring soldered to the top and just epoxy into place. For even more subtlety, you could just use a small disc (not too thin or it will look mean) and glue that in place, but it doesn't give you much of a gluing area in terms of hold.

    I'd probably give it a little bit of a rounded lip to echo the bands.

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    Thanks Dennis and George. I'm going to try your option George but a might try drilling a top hole to peg it and make extra secure, as long as the stone isn't too hard to drill. That visible crack is stable Yesterday I was aralditing all my broken ornaments. Been sat looking at me for ages!

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    This is it so far. Made it this morning before breakie. I did add a very short peg (as that stuff is hard) now to decide whether i should just glue, or glue and set it. Maybe I should have made it out of sterling silver, oh well.
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    No point in setting it, as it will be super secure just glued.
    In fact to my eye its a tad deep.
    You could also run a burnisher around the edge for a little shiny contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    No point in setting it, as it will be super secure just glued.
    In fact to my eye its a tad deep.
    You could also run a burnisher around the edge for a little shiny contrast.
    I wondered about that Dennis. Will cut it down a little more The fit is absolutely perfect so should work really well just glued. Next up, will be fiddling around with wire to make a chain.
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    Very nice, why the gum leaf?

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    pcoz she's got a pet koala.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcoz View Post
    Very nice, why the gum leaf?
    It’s a bamboo leaf to complement the bamboo I would think

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