Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Another tip is to use a pencil for a solder pick. I learned
this trick from Belgian master goldsmith Evert de Graeve, when
he taught the Advanced Goldsmithing class at the Revere
Academy in 1986. Shave back the wood of the pencil leaving
only the graphite, about an inch and a half long. A hard
pencil is preferable. When you heat the solder snippets touch
one with the pencil tip just as the solder melts and it will
stick to the tip. Place the snippet (now a sphere) on your
fluxed piece where you wish it to be, and it will stick there.
The difference between this and a metal solder pick is that
the solder can not melt onto the graphite pencil tip, it is
only suspended there until it is touched to another surface.
It requires a bit of practice and patience to perfect the use
of the pencil soldering pick but it is a very useful tool. The
solder sphere has to be picked up by the graphite just as it
goes molten, or else it won't adhere to the tip. Using this
technique you won't have the trouble which often plagues
beginners, of getting the soldering pick itself welded to the
item being soldered. The wood of the pencil might burn a bit if
it isn't shaved back far enough, and the graphite will brake
if it is dropped, but I haven't had a metal solder pick in my
studio during the 15 years since taking Evert's class. I
promptly discarded them all when I got back to my bench.
Happy soldering to all,
Michael David Sturlin, jewelry artist msturlin AT qwest.net
Michael Sturlin Studio, Scottsdale Arizona USA
To make soldering jump rings easier you might try this technique: roll out a narrow strip of solder in the rolling mill or cut and pound a strip of solder very thin. Cut the strip into small snippets. Insert the appropriate size snippet into the seam of the jump ring using tweezers or pliers, (it should be thin enough to not force the join open). Heat the joint until the solder flows. It makes a perfect seam every time, as the solder cannot jump to one side and flow away from the seam. This isn't practical for soldering dozens or hundreds of jump rings at a time, but if you need to control exactly where your solder flows this is a handy alternative to using a solder pick.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
However, if the wire wrapped jewelry piece contains opal or pearl, you need to take special care if you use silver polish on your piece. "Jewel Brite" jewelry cleaner is a safe cleaner for both pearls and opals and does a marvelous job restoring the beauty of your wire wrapped jewelry. This product is available for purchase at Rapt Elegance.
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Monday, October 15, 2007
So this piece brings up the Etsy count to 11.
Friday, October 12, 2007
how does swati twist mundane wires of gold,into earrings, broaches, and pendants
that hold...earth's treasures that come in brilliant hues..of
greens,lavender,pinks and blues?she brings healing and joy with her artfully
crafted stones,i can already predict eager buyers in drones,before the beautiful
peices went out of sight,i claimed my azure pendant of amazonite!!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Here is the link: http://www.beadage.net/gallery-maharanis-pendant.html