Hi folks, My name is Jenn and I’m a jewelry student soon off to N.
Bennet St school. I have learned so much by lurking on here and have
a problem I would like to present in hopes people may offer
suggestions to help to solve my dilemma.
I have a 1" X1" sq of fine silver I keum bo 24 k on and solder a
piece of tubing on the top part of the back that I hang on a cable.
I really like the tubing on the back and the way it hangs. My
problem is the keum bo bubbles when I solder the tubing and no
amount of burnishing will alleviate the bubble. Piercing them does
not work either. Next I tried fusing the gold w/ a torch but then
completely melted the tubing. I thought about casting the piece w/
the tubing but I think the tubing will still melt as it will be
hollow. I tried to keum-bo the piece w/ the tubing on it, dapped,
but this does not work as it does not heat everything enough burnish
in the gold) I have also tried placing the tubing on the very edge
of the piece and then burnish the gold in but then I cannot dap it.
I guess my last thought it to pierce through the copper I burnish on
so the the piece lays more flat and try to burnish in the gold.
However it would then place the tubing directly on the electric
element. I would so appreciate any suggestions,
Thanks in advance,