Last week I showed you a glimpse of my necklace creation process. This time I wanted to share with you one of the significant obstacles that arises when I create the pendants.
Before assembly, I have to inspect each image/cabochon for tiny air bubbles or other small imperfections on the surface of the image that are created in the gluing process. Although the images often look fine immediately after they have been glued, and then sit under heavy weight for 24 hours, upon inspection I sometimes have to throw away up to 50% of them because of these minute flaws (I tried removing the cabochons and cleaning them, but the adhesive is extremely strong and I couldn’t get it off). I’m working on perfecting my technique (just the right amount of adhesive plus careful application plus pressing time and weight) to reduce this wastage.
Before photographing, each pendant will be inspected again. Unfortunately, I have found that over the first couple of days more bubbles or flaws may become visible (or perhaps I just missed them the first time). If this happens, I extricate the image and cabochon and clean the bezel for re-use. It’s horribly disappointing to find imperfections at this stage, but such are the trials and tribulations of the craft!