Recently I taught a Resin Inlay workshop to some high school
students. We used sterling wire for the boarders, brass for the base
and since my order of sterling strip didn’t make it in time, I used
some fine silver bezel strip for the wire work instead. I would have
used wire and rolled it, but we had only five hours to teach these
kids everything, so we improvised.
In soldering the wires down to the brass base, the most amazing
thing happened. The brass overheated (we were rushing in the end) and
the fine silver slipped through the brass like you had soldered on
both sides, completely intact. It was like the brass was cardboard
and the hard wire just pushed through perfectly. I was stunned and
had never seen this before.
What exactly happened here? This went beyond my known world of
metallurgy, but I am sure that this list can provide an answer.
M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
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Waltham, MA 02451
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