Pearls are always a mainstay in fashion circles. Add in a pop of  color, such as the pink cubic zirconias in these earrings, for a fresh look.


Findings Used 

14kt White 1.7-2mm Round 9-Stone Cluster Top

           536              Round 9-Stone Top Plate

2.5mm Round Faceted Pink Cubic Zirconia

        CZ-SYN          Round Lab Created Pink Cubic Zirconias

14kt White 6mm Pearl Cap Dangle

        28576             Pearl Cap Dangle



cluster plate

1. Choose two opposite corners of the cluster plate and solder a jump ring to each.

cluster plate cubic zirconias

2. Prepolish your cluster plate, and set the pink cubic zirconias.

bishop hook

3. Assemble the bishop hook and dangle component. Solder the jump rings closed. Give it a final polish.


4. Test your pearls for proper fit. Adjust the drill hole if necessary to allow space for adhesive. Use a pearl specific adhesive to bond pearl and dangle together. Let it dry.


Tools Used

       26-4013              GRS Graversmith        Pneumatic Power Tool

1.00mm to 3.00mm Pearl Drill Set

         53-1200            Pearl Drill Set

         47-3297             Gray Star Rouge

      34-2242     Foredom® Jewelers Kit with H.20 Handpiece

          16-6056           Stuller Select Mounted Extra Soft Bristle Brushes

         26-6010      Devcon® Epoxy 330

Stuller Tried & Tested

What tools do you guys use in your manufacturing? This is the #1 question we get asked. You want to know. And we’re excited to share. At Stuller, we don’t give out the “tried & tested” stamp (the one you’ve probably seen in our recent tools catalogs and on Stuller.com) that easily. Those products have to prove themselves first.

Our manufacturing experts work with a wide range of tools and equipment every day. They have strong opinions and suggestions – rightly so with more years of experience than we’re able to tally. We rely heavily on their advice when choosing which new products get added to our line. These items are extensively tested in actual manufacturing scenarios both real-time and lab settings. We bang them up and push them to their limits daily. That way you know if they make the team, they’ve got to be good.

January is synonymous with repair. In fact, 25% of your total sales will be generated from repair jobs this month alone. So, in conjunction with our Repair campaign on Stuller.com, we will be showcasing a Stuller Tried & Tested series. See our associates use many of your favorite products, learn more about each, and why they’ve earned our seal of approval.

C’mon, let’s get plating!

Bath Plating        plating1

As a jeweler, you know there are many tools used for plating, but do you want to know what Stuller uses?

For bath plating in our smaller work cells, we use a 5-beaker stainless steel plating unit (45-4020). We like using this unit because it saves us space and it’s very practical. It has everything built in, all you need to do is add the rhodium plating solution. With this unit, you don’t have to worry about buying the burners, rectifier, beakers, and anodes separately, they are already a part of the unit, and if you need replacement parts, we’ve got those too. Rhodium sold separately.

This unit contains:

  • Five 600ml plating beakers
  • Two heating elements
  • A digital controller
  • A sensor thermocouple
  • A digital timer, and anodes
  • Covers for the beakers

We offer a smaller version of this unit that comes with 2-600 ml beakers, a heating element, a digital controller, sensor thermocouple, digital timer and anode. It also has a cover for the beakers when you’re not using them.

If you need replacement parts for this unit, whether it’s beakers, heating elements, or digital controller, give our Tools Tech Line a call at ext. 4300 and they’ll be happy to help!

plating3As you can see from these images, we have the unit inside
a containment hood by Quatro (47-6010) to eliminate odor, vapors, and particles that migrate throughout the work space. We love this hood because it’s small and operates 24/7 allowing the beakers to stay inside the contained area. The width is less than 3 feet. Another plus: it’s very quiet and does not need to be ducted to the outside.


Rhodium Containment Hood (47-6010)

Shop Set Up: Where’s the best place to set up a plating unit? Many customers have told us they set it up in the bathroom because it has good ventilation. Ha! Clever! But since rhodium is your final step in completing a piece, we suggest setting up your unit between the polishing and the steaming equipment. And, if you go with this Quatro hood, you don’t need to connect it to the outside. Filters on the hood need to be replaced between 3 and 6 months, but may last a bit longer depending on usage.

Important tips:

  • When using this product, stick to the instructions on the rhodium plating bottle – trust us, it’s for the best.
  • To get the best results, make sure your piece is clean. Use electroclean (45-2020) before you plate.
  • Remember to label your beakers. OSHA requires it.
  • To get a good plating on silver, leave the unit on and let it heat to a steady temperature of 98° F.


Samson Pen Plater (45-4000)

                                Pen Plating

For small touch-ups, and pieces that don’t need to be soaked in a rhodium bath, we use the Samson Economy Pen Plater (45-4000). This small machine has withstood the test of time. With proper care, it could last you many years. It has and 18 gauge piano wire, which means it is stronger and has more conductivity compared to a regular wire. It’s a two amp that employs the latest in technology
for reliable results.

            Important tips:

  • Always soak the pen for about 5 to 10 minutes to get a nice tip.
  • Start at 7.5 volts.
  • Put the alligator clip as close to the area you are plating as possible.



Ductless Fume Hood for Rhodium (47-3085)

Even if you have a fume hood connected to the outside, it may be possible for others to come in contact with the harmful fumes. A good solution to protect yourself and others is the ductless fume hood from Quatro (47-3085). This is another rhodium hood that’s been Stuller Tried and Tested. It recirculates fresh air back into the room. This hood is exactly what you need if it’s difficult for your shop to access an outside wall, or if you’re not allowed to drill into the wall. It effectively removes all toxic-plating fumes. And has a three-stage filtering process. The tabletop stand for the Quatro fume hood (47-4101) is sold separately.

Do you own any of these tools? How are they working for you? Let us know in the comment section below.

Ferro Vest Investment: An Innovation in Casting

Ferro Vest Investment Casting Header

Once again, we have forced enlisted the help of Shawn Albert, Tools Product Manager, to give details on an exciting new Stuller product: Ferro Vest Investment


Shawn, what’s new?

. . . Okay, that’s exciting!

You don’t know what that is, do you?


It’s a casting investment.

So tell me what’s special about this investment?

Well, this is the investment we use here at Stuller, so it’s clearly an amazing product.


We go through tons of this stuff. Dennis Busby, one of the best casters in the world, has put his stamp of approval on it.

Approved by the Buzz. Nice! But why should someone switch from an investment they’ve been using for years to this Ferro Vest Investment?

There are lots of reasons. Number one, it’s easy to use. It’s a great consistency – very smooth. If you know how to cast, you can work with this investment, no matter what level you are.

From student to expert?

That’s the idea. Also, it’s compatible with all commonly used pattern materials.

I have no idea what that means.

Basically, it’s compatible with all resins and waxes you typically come across. Generally, casters find themselves having to use a lot of different investments. This cuts most of that out.

Got it! A great time saver.

Yes. On that same note, it provides super-smooth, dense, bubble-free castings and eliminates surface defects found when using other two-part systems. That means less finishing time. Additionally, it reduces curing time by up to 50% over other two part systems.

Can’t be mad about that! But am I going to be mad about the price?

It might run slightly higher than other investments out there, but with this product you’re paying for all of the benefits I mentioned above that are ultimately going to save you time and money.

Tried, tested, and used at Stuller, with a competitive price point and top-of-the-line benefits. What are you waiting for? Click here to try Ferro Vest Investment today