OK, I admit it, I’m afraid to solder anything. I learned soldering
on sterling with a very hot water torch, never used any other kind of
torch because I don’t HAVE anything else. I’ve managed to figure out
how to do a few solder jobs with sterling (ear posts, tack pins, and
solder-filled jump rings). But I’ve melted or otherwise ruined as
many things as I’ve successfully soldered, and 2-piece hinged pin
backs are totally beyond my capabilities. I’m sure it’s ME, not the
torch. I just need to learn how to use it correctly, I’m sure. I’d
gladly take soldering classes if there were any to be had near
Now to the problem at hand…I recently had the patient and
long-suffering Daniel Grandi do some 14k gold casting for me. I need
to put bails on two gorgeus gold pendants for customers who want them
yesterday. I ordered some 14k pendant bails, and they arrived with
solid rings, no split to put them on the pendant’s existing loop. No
time to send them back for something else, so I cut one of the loops
open intending to attach it to the pendant and solder it closed
again. Instead, the loop promptly broke off the bail. Went to solder
it back onto the bail, and melted the whole blasted bail. The "easy"
solder chip never even flowed. Wotth’ell, Archie… I decided to use
that ruined bail as a learning experiment, and tried to solder a
solder-filled 14k jumpring to it. Melted that too. I now have a small
but lovely amorphous mass of 14k with part of a jump ring sticking
out of it.
There must be some secret to soldering gold without ruining it.
Would some of you kind and knowledgeable folks out here care to share
that secret with me? And please, PLEASE don’t tell me I need a
different kind of torch. It ain’t happenin’. No gas tanks in the
house, by request of my husband who pays the bills. It’s me and the
water torch. We have to make this work together. Thanks in advance
for any help you can provide.
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