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Repairing a three metals ring


#1

Hi All,

I have a wedding band that someone brought me that is three braided
pieces - platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold. the solder seam has
broken and he has asked me to fix it. I don’t have much experience
with platinum, does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to
fix this? would a gold solder work properly?

thanks for all your help,

zinnia
petal of metal


#2

Zinnia,

I have a wedding band that someone brought me that is three
braided pieces - platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold. the solder
seam has broken and he has asked me to fix it. I don't have much
experience with platinum, does anyone have any suggestions on the
best way to fix this? would a gold solder work properly? 

I’ve repaired broken platinum wire with white gold solder, in rings
with both 18K gold and platinum present. Heating it up enough for
platinum solder seems like a pretty risky proposition. I put the
repairs underneath other strands’ crossings, as best I could, even
cutting away extra wire to ensure the placement of the joint, but the
color was actually fairly good anyway.

Alternatively, if you could get some time on a laser welder, you
could do it in a jiffy, no risk, since the heat would be concentrated
in the location of the weld.

Loren
http://www.golden-knots.com


#3
does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to fix this?
would a gold solder work properly? 

You don’t have a choice. Once you put platinum with gold, the only
solder you can use is gold solder. Even 1200 platinum solder would
turn the gold into a nice little puddle. Basically just pretend the
platinum is white gold and work accordingly…

http://www.donivanandmaggiora.com


#4

Just a quick comment Zinnia,

When you heat the ring, you may find that gold and platinum expand
differently. The joint may have fit perfectly, but when heated, it
will pull apart! (much gnashing of teeth) At least that was my
experience.

Loren’s advice about using a laser is right on. Should that not be
possible (I know there are Orchidians that do laser work for the
trade), you’ll need to use a stainless hose clamp to hold the ring
securely together for soldering.

Judy in Kansas, where temps have plummeted from 70s F to 20s F.
Winter storm possible.