There’s a couple of tricks that might help in this situation.
A curved scraper available inexpensively from almost any jewelry
tool supplier will suffice to bring down the level of the solder
without gouging the metal. Keeping the flat of the scraper
parallel to the sheet, press the sharp edge into the solder-flow.
Working carefully you should be able to remove most of the
A Scotchstone (Stone of Ayr) available through some tool dealers
works extremely well to finish resurfacing the scraped area to a
polishable surface. You can file/cut/carve the stone to almost
any shape and it is used wet for best results. I have used this
practice for years to remove small scratches and for flattening
and smoothing hard-to-get-at areas. Stoning seems to be one of
those techniques that has not been taught to todays jewelry
Further refinement of the flat surface can be achieved by using
sections of rubber and felt wheels and hand lapping with them. I
sometimes take a small knife edged wheel (of either type) and
scissor it in half (from edge to edge through the center hole)
and use the flat produced by the cut to bring the stoned area to
a polish (using compounds with the felts). You of course can cut
different grits of rubber to abrade either or quickly or
smoothly… I know it’s hand-work, but isn’t that what hand
making jewelry is all about?
I hate to say this, but I can’t help myself. Cut your solder
into smaller snippets, or roll it thinner before snipping it. The
advantage to using a minimal amount of solder is that it will
almost never flow outside the soldered joint. There, I said it,
please forgive me…
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