Diane, In the case of the gold bezel, if it is possible to do the
following you might find it helpful; Take a piece of the appropriate
solder for your bezel seam, mill it or pound it very thin. Flux the
joint and insert the solder so that it is suspended in the joint in
the correct position and held there by tension. If your joint is well
made and the solder is thin enough there won’t be any misalignment of
the ends, and the seam will solder beautifully together. It is worth
the few moments it takes sometimes to set up the joint for soldering,
often it is advantageous to have the solder placed exactly where it
needs to be so that you can concentrate fully on the heating of the
item and not have to be distracted by attempting to position the
solder and control the heat at the same time. If the heating is done
expediently and more confidently, there is less chance of the flux
burning off and this also assists the seam in soldering well.
No one likes it when we melt something or overheat it, and to what
extent we can set things up for soldering has a great influence on
how well the procedure goes, and overall, how much we learn from it.
When we can remove more and more of the thought of ‘what happens if I
melt this?’ from our internal dialogue as we work, we can focus more
on the creative aspect of our work and less on the mechanical
applications of it. One way to approach this is to invest the extra
time and thought in setting up for the process to go as smoothly as
possible, and then it becomes slightly less stressful and our
confidence and skill increase accordingly.