Hi J Morley,
Its good to know that you are suffering along with the rest of
us. Problem #1, one thing I do is have a large, fairly heavy
pair of tweezers (maybe 8 inches) with the end slightly curved.
If the seam pops open I just grab the popped ring at 3 and 9
o’clock and squeeze it back together while soldering. Usually
there is no need to realign, everything fits back together.
Occasionally I have to put a spring tweezers across the two
rings, parallel to the side of the shanks, (also at 3 and 9), to
pull the gap between the two rings back together also. So that’s
potentially three pairs of tweezers, solder together tweezers,
large spring tweezers and large pickup tweezers. Then you do the
hokey-pokey and you turn…
The cast in bags are a pain for all too. Over the years I have
accumulated a huge, vast selection of baguettes. And still I
never have the right size. I always have to order three to get
the right one.