I’m still having inconsistent results when trying to make pieces
requiring a bezel. Can Argentium be heated from below, on a tripod,
when attaching the bezel strip to the back plate? Or will it take on
the patten of the mesh? On occasion, I’ll flip the piece over and
have a go at heating the back plate.
Doesn’t usually result in any greater success and then the back piece
slumps down over the bezel. I switch between trying to fuse vs solder
the bezel strip to the back plate. More often than not, the joint
fails (I feel that I am heating the piece forever and a day), or, I
melt a portion of the bezel strip. When I get nervous about fusing
(after melting a few attempts), I will then switch to soldering
attempts. If I place the solder inside the bezel strip, I usually
manage (if I melt the solder at all) to pool the solder nicely in the
centre of the piece, nowhere near the seam.If I do manage to fuse the
bezel strip to its back piece, I find that the bezel wire shows signs
of being heated too much - feels a little rough, looks unhappy.I am
trying to make sure that the pieces are clean (soap and water), a
good fit, using My-T-flux, occasionally using easy solder (Argentium
solder), on a charcoal block, but still using a plumber’s torch
(haven’t settled on the right torch).I’m feeling a bit discouraged.
Tips would be most appreciated!