Hi everyone on Orchid, I’m having a problem with a piece and after
much thought of how to fix it, I thought I should check with your
wise minds in case you have any better suggestions.
I made a locket out of sterling silver with 20- 4.5 mm pearls all
over the top. There are about 45 solder joints with the extra
design elements, not including the hinge. (I wish I could draw on
the computer so you could see it) The problem, is that upon final
completion, I was opening and closing the locket and the hinge broke
off the top side. To my devastation, I wasn’t sure how to fix this
since the pearls are already in place. I remember hearing about
laser soldering (welding?) and how it doesn’t heat up the rest of
the piece. I was wondering if any of you had suggestions on whether
it’s wise to send it to a place to be laser soldered (it’s a very
thin hinge joint). Or if you have suggestions on other methods of
repair, I would be very grateful.