Guess I should have made it clear that the fiber blanket is used only to prevent the "stone protection" from burning off (previously mentioned as a problem) via the direct flame. To protect the stone, I usually wrap the stone/prongs in wet toilet paper. Then use the fiber blanket to protect the TP from drying out/catching fire from the torch flame. In other words, the TP protects the stone from conducted heat and the fiber protects the TP/stone from the flame of the torch. Hope I beat this dead horse enough ;-)
I’m asking a question based on the previous post. The above mentions
a fiberblanket (I am going to get some) to shield wet tissue wrapped
stones as you solder a ring to them.I’ve got a far simpler question
but am hoping to gather some ideas before I plunge full bore into
theproject. How do you all protect your project, stones, etc. from
heat when balling both ends of a wire. I am using Argentium
Situation #1; In a fairly compact cupped area, like the center of a
flower, I wantto have multiple wires with melted balls protruding
from the surface. I drill little holes. Dome the circle. Ball one
side of all the wires. Insert them with the balled end facing up, and
bring the unballed wire side up thru another hole to the same side.
Then ball it. Or should I insert all the wires and ball them all at
once? Make any sense?
Situation #2: I want to string little stones in a silver frame. I
ball wires. I drill the frame. I insert the unballed wires into the
frame. I string the little stones. I insert the stung wires into the
other side of the silver frame. I pull the unballed wire out the
other side of the frame.
Now I want to ball the wires withoutcracking the little stones
inside the frame. Given the above fiber blanket idea, I could wrap
the piece inwet toilet paper, stick the wires up thru the blanket
and ball the wires?
Thank you all much.