Thank you all for your replies.
Elizabeth you’re so right! I realised with the wisdom of
hindsight that I should have done the bezel first. I like
constructing fairly elaborate pieces with different metals and
coloured Titanium, but sometimes I have a bit of trouble
figuring out the order in which I should go about doing things.
The excitement of getting going with a new idea carries me along
before I’ve done adequate planning, I confess. I pay the price
Bill, you’ve got me intrigued! Welding is a new concept for me,
but I want to try it. Ran off to look it up in my books, but
didn’t find much about it. Do you melt two metals together by
concentrating the point of a small, hot flame at one spot
(possibly introducing a third metal?), and then move on about
1mm with your flame, until its all done? I’ll definitely give
this a try.
Thank you for your advice about the flame. I think it was
possibly too hot, since the bezel itself melted in a few
attempts. I am accustomed to natural gas which was not as hot
as my new oxy-acet set, and an awful old welding torch, which I
achieved a lot with, but feel very spoiled with my new Little
Torch. I had a tiny blue flame, which I tried to point at the
place where bezel and base meet, and next thing the bezel itself
curled into a ball and died. Tried a larger, softer flame, then
it kept going out, since it didn’t seem to like the confined
space inside the bezel. (Maybe I was holding it too close).
Thanks again - you may have saved my sanity!