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    Default Setting agate slices

    Hello,

    I bought some lovely agate slices at Bristol's museum yesterday and would like to turn them into pendants or maybe a brooch.

    The agate slices don't have any holes in them and are just flat slices with an (extremely) uneven shape. But they have lovely edges, and this poses my problem: I don't want to bezel set them as then these nice edges would be covered by the silver bezel setting.

    Can anyone else think of a way of setting them? Maybe some sort of claw setting? I'd really appreciate some ideas, please!

    Thanks,

    Bob

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    Hi Bob
    If you do a google image search for "agate slice pendant" it will come up with some images that will give you some inspiration.
    Here's a few I found
    A lot of the claw ones look a bit messy but the bezel sets must take ages, the wire wrapped ones look good - not sure how secure they'd be though.
    Hope you find what you're looking for & I'd love to see the finished results
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    I'd say wire wrapping- or drill some holes in them!

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    Thanks - I'd not thought of wire wrapping, but that's not really the look I was going for.

    I do like the look of this claw-set one though: http://www.ross-simons.com/images/469294c.jpg. This is the sort of thing that I am thinking of. Thanks Nic!

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    I made some agate slice pendants last year , I made a wirework frame with 1.2mm round wire consisting of various swirls soldered together , leaving six ends loose, I hammered it flat so that it was flush with the slice then I used the spare ends to create a reverse claw setting so that the claws were not a main feature, merely a device to secure the slice to the decorative framework.

    I have described this terribly for which I apologise, sorry no pics either !!

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    Ooh that sounds quite funky Lisa
    & like that one you've chosen Bob, you're welcome
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    Finally finished!




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    Wow that is one huge agate slice!! Gorgeous colours and looks like you made the chain too...NEAT!
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