In addition to what Pam said, when the solder appears to flash, and you are soldering a bezel onto a back plate, it is ok to circle around in order to make certain the solder has flown into all the join.
Yes I do this too. Although I am self taught I don’t just do what the
books say. You have to experiment to find what works best for you. I
always play the flame round the bezel to ensure complete flow. It is
huge bezel settings I have trouble with and I think my problem is
that I am not yet using my oxy/propane torch as I’ve not yet afforded
the gas bottles for it. The creme brulee torch just doesn’t get hot
enough for doing a successful soldering job on large settings. The
problem I mentioned of not observing the flux flowing towards the
heat source (heated silver) was answered by someone who pointed out
that I was not getting the metal hot enough. I am now able to heat
the silver more as I’m using thicker silver than I was doing so it
has less chance of melting. But I have had lots of good tips from
people that I’m putting into practice so thanks to you Terrie and all
others who have contributed answers.
I no longer use thin commercial bezels. I do have some stock left, but when that is all gone, it is 18 gauge only.
I have never yet used commercial bezels. No I tell a lie, I was given
some and tried it once but it just shattered!!! I’ve always made my
own bezel strip, which admittedly used to be too thin for larger
stone settings but now I’ve taken to using a heavier gauge sheet
silver to make my bezels and it’s working better. I really do need to
work with a hotter flame though as I’m sure that’s my next problem
area which needs addressing.
I feel as though I’m getting closer to a good finish. I’m now much
happier that I’ve bought shed loads of bristle brushes and a lovely
Foredom flexshaft and I’m using a combination of yellow Dialux,
Fabulustre and then lastly Rouge. My jewellery is now lovely and
shiny and evenly polished and when I compare it to my early pieces
it’s embarrassing that I was ever happy with them! I now want to
remake everything I’ve made before.
Obviously no affiliation, etc, just a happy bunny.