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#1

Hi, I have 2 Victorian pieces I need help with repairing. One is a
brooch, and one is a bangle. Both seem to have the same problem.
There is etching on the front of these pieces which appears to be on
thin gold sheet onto tin(?). Anyway, I tried soldering the bangle
down where it was coming up(the top) with my torch and gold solder.
Well, it opened a can of worms. The bracelet top started coming up,
which led me to think that the bracelet was soldered with a soft
solder. I do not know how to fix these pieces and still have them
connect successfully. Aslo to still be gold when I am finished, not
the silver color solder that is coming out between the pieces.

I also from time to time get silverplated items to solder back
together. Is there an instructional book for this? Or can someone
tell me what I need to do this with. What kind of torch/iron,solder,
and flux,etc? Sorry for the overload. Please help. Thank you in
advance, Jules


#2
   Hi, I have 2 Victorian pieces I need help with repairing Jules 

Hello Jules; I’d advise you to put these aside for a time until
someone can educate you a bit on the perticulars of dealing with
these types of articles. I do a lot of “estate” jewelry repair and
restoration, and I’ve encountered the problems you are describing
many times. E-mail me off-forum and I’ll give you my business phone
number. You can call me during normal business hours and I"ll be
glad to discuss some solutions for you.

David L. Huffman
dlhstudios@odyssey.net