I keep reading all these references to Attack–new to me. Sounds
great–am wondering if it will work for the following: tiny holes in
sterling into which I had glued fine wires w/ epoxy… except the
epoxy didn’t set. I tried three times; three times the epoxy failed
to harden completely. This was on three different days, w/ three
different mixing surfaces/two different of epoxies. I can only
conclude that there’s something [oily?] in those %$&*#!! little
holes–now nicely gummed in there under layers of epoxy-goop. I think
b/c the holes are so small they never got properly cleaned by misc.
pickling/heating procedures. What about an initial soak in Attack,
followed by a scrape-out with the tip of an old sawblade, then an
’injection’ with a syringe of Attack… ??? Sound like the right
approach? An appropriate application of/for Attack??
O.K., I confess, this is still my bee/antennae mess. I wish, wish,
wish I could apply some of the fantastick suggestions the more
experienced jewellers offered; you can bet my next bug will have
threaded feelers, and as soon as I’ve the resources I’ll be cooking
’em in the oven. Now I just want to deal with this piece however I
can given the limitations, and move on to my next learning experience.
(A major problem is that the holes aren’t very deep, and simply WILL
NOT go deeper; I guess they’re burnished/tempered by the drill bit??
And, yes, there’s a snapped drill bit jammed in there too. Also, this
piece has no right to even exist, given the number of times its
manymanymany [delicate] components have been heated; it simply will
not stand any more heat.)
So… I need to clean it up, and then (sigh) re-epoxy–I guess. Yuk.
It’s nuts: this whole project took a huge amount of time and
labour–but it moved constantly forward. It really was virtually
glitch-free, until this very very last ‘finishing touch’ detail. I
felt better when I thought I might be able to electroform over the
epoxy (& also reinforce the not-so-deeply-embedded antennae); from the
feedback I rc’vd I understand that’s not really a likely answer.
Here’s another question: in the last stages of assembly I was down to
supereasy solder. I don’t like the yellowish cast; it’s not all that
visible, but this is a very detailed piece that invites the eyes up
close, and to me this spoils things. What about silver plating? Will
it mask the SE tint? And is there, by some miracle, a conductivizing
agent that I could dab around the (presumably SET) antannae base, to
cover the epoxy & create a seamless silver join when the piece is
plated? And about plating in general: does the process put any
stress on metal/solder? Does it require heat? How does it effect
I realise there are a lot of questions here. Hell, a lot of words.
Thanks to all who’ve ploughed through–and to those who can/will offer
answers to any part. Also, a special thank you to those of you who
responded to my first postings Re: this problem. Some of you reached
out w/ sendings/offers, & I feel shoddy for not acknowledging. I
plead ‘moving’ stress.
By the way, I really liked John’s tip Re: water on top of Attack.
Odour & evaporations are issues with many products; I guess there must
be other applications for this, too. Any ideas/experience, anyone?
And, out of the blue I just remembered that a friend used to put tin
loaf pans of kitty litter in her closets to absorb odour. I wonder if
it absorbs atmospheric moisture, too?