Before soldering, how do experienced jewelers get both edges to meet
without any space. I’ve been soldering for past year and while I am
able to solder, getting the two edges to meet without difficulty is a
problem. Is it experience or are there some sanding techinques that
might be helpful to beginners.
If the piece happens to be a ring that is being sized down, I usually take
a final cut with a sawblade before setting it up for soldering. Other
pieces need to be carefully filed or sanded to shape. It takes time,
patience, and careful fitting. I remember 8th grade wood shop: planing one
edge of a short board straight, square, and smooth.
Richard D. Hamilton
A goldsmith on Martha’s Vineyard
Fabricated 14k, 18k, 22k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography,
and sailing whenever I can…