Well folks, I guess this is as good a way to de-lurk as any. I am
just a simple hobbyist with a major problem I can’t solve. A friend of
mine has a drinking horn made in a style similar to the ones
associated with Vikings, but has managed to break off part of the rim.
He asked me if I could make a silver band to cover the broken part
(over a year ago) and silly me, I agreed.
Now the problem; every time I try to make the band I have problems
with the joint. The basic design is two pieces of 28 gauge silver,
each one forming a collar (inner and outer), these pieces will be
capped by a length of slotted twist wire, joining the two units
together. The completed piece will then be slid over the end of the
horn and the edge of the outer collar is then formed to rest in a
groove cut round the horn. I hope this is not too obtuse. The major
problem I have is in joining the ends of each piece of 28 gauge silver
to form a circle. No matter how hard I try I cannot get the ends to
stay flush to solder them. I am down to my last 2 pieces of silver
sheet and am in dire need of assistance before I screw it up again.
Perhaps this is something beyond my plebian skills, and should
consider having the soldering done by a pro. I live in the Virginia
Beach, VA area and have no idea of where to turn to for assistance.
(a rank amateur)