Hi, all - I need to repair my wedding ring. I finished making it
about two weeks before the wedding (last year) so I’m actually
amazed it turned out as good as it did.
The ring consists of a thick, rectangular 18k gold band, 5mm x
1.5mm, and sitting on top of that all the way around is a platinum
half-round band, 3mmx1.5mm, with a platinum bezel set diamond, about
40 points or so. It’s a substantial ring and I love it. The two
bands are supposed to be soldered together (18ky solder), and I
thought I had accomplished that, but apparently it was just a
tack-weld because they’ve come apart.
So, I cleaned up the two bands, and set it up in a third-hand, with
the diamond sitting underwater (bean can, haven’t eaten tuna yet
this week). I’m comfortable leaving the diamond in because it’s
just much easier and it’s an old and very clean diamond from my
mother-in-law’s first marriage, about 60 years ago. However, even
with 18k easy, I can’t get it to solder. Maybe I’m just not getting
it hot enough - there is a lot of metal. It seems like I’m also
having a problem with capillary action drawing water up the seam
between the two bands.
Clearly I’m missing something; I don’t do much repair work. Is
there an easy way to accomplish this? Is there something that would
inhibit the capillary action? Should I use a different kind of
solder? Should I give up and rivet them together? As always, any
and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.