Hi all. I’m new here. Tess Headley. This group is wonderful…like
having a superb mentor. I’m designing a choker composed of box-like
segments. To assemble them I will align them face down, with the tab
of each inside the body of the next, all fitting perfectly flat.
Then I plan to solder a plate onto the back of each segment, locking
them all together. I’m patting myself on the back for a great,
smooth and sleek design. Here’s where I need some help: I obviously
have to keep the solder off the tab, or the links will become fused.
What’s the best anti-flux method? Whatever I use will leave a
certain amount of residue forever. Second question: How do I pickle
after soldering? Although the segments will fit snugly, they will
not be watertight. I won’t be able to rinse out the pickling
solution. I greatly appreciate all suggestions. I’m making my
prototype links in silver, but final piece will be in 18K gold, if
that makes a difference. Thanks in advance.