Bonjour to everyone at Orchid, from Judy in south west France. After
lurking for a while, this is my first posting and I wanted to say
many thanks to everyone at Orchid for providing such a brilliant
source of and support.
I am having problems attaching a pearl to a work piece which is
approx 4mm thick sterling silver, by balling the wire at both ends.
I am experimenting with sterling and fine silver wire but nothing
seems to work. I am balling the wire initially at one end, then
passing it through the pearl and the drilled hole in the silver,
leaving enough wire exposed on the other side to ball that as well.
Unfortunately, when applying the heat to do this, either the pearl
gets burnt, or when I protect the pearl in a sand bed, there is so
much heat sink that the wire doesn’t respond. I am using an
oxy/propane torch or a gas/air blow torch. Is there another way I
could protect the pearl? Perhaps I’m I trying the impossible?!!
Very best wishes