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jimzim75
07-23-2008, 09:52 AM
(If you would like to comment on this submission, you may do so by posting a reply in this thread (http://www.engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=1970). Thanks! Kaitlin)



Hi All,
I got this locket in to add some diamonds and do some engraving to make locket more interesting and
and add some value.

http://engravingschool.com/forum-pics/tutorials/locket1a.jpg

This is the back of the locket but there wasn't much defence between it and the front as far as decoration
goes. The only problem is that it's a stamping. So, the thickness of the oval is one tenth of a millimetre.
Stamping are very strong but 1/10 just isn't enough to either engrave on, let alone trying to set any
diamonds

So, out came the original oval of 1/10 and solder in it's place was a plate of 6/10 mm thick oval plate.
This is just enough to set in. It also keep the weight down. The original plate was on a 1/2 gram of
9ct yellow gold. The replacement plate was 1.5 grams of 10k yellow gold.

http://engravingschool.com/forum-pics/tutorials/locket2a.jpg

This is the final version after 24k yellow gold plating. 9 & 10k are very pale golds and the 24k adds a lot
of character to the pendant. As the 24k is worn away through use, this will leave the recessed areas a
darker richer yellow with the high point being the 9k lighter color.

The engraving is a compass motif with the diamonds at the major points of the compass.
The star in the middle has a .015ct diamond bead set. While the points on the compass are .0075ct
Diamonds. This gives the layout balance. The engraving is power assist engraving using a 120
carbide engraver mostly and a flat engraver. Then two rows of #7 mill-grain wheel pattern.

This was a very pleasant job to do.

Talk to ya later,
Jim