At least the solder can be removed when a more "proper" repair can
be instituted for the right price.
True enough, especially with platinum, where one can remove gold
solder with aqua regia in many cases, without harming the platinum.
But it’s extra work and cost for the customer, compared with simply
doing a good job in the first place.
While you're at it, Peter. Why don't you mention the shoddy
repairs that are done by "butchers" with lasers.
Also all too true. Some new owners of lasers, or especially,
non-goldsmith owners of jewelry shops who’ve bought a laser and think
it’s a magic tool that can do everything perfectly, simply assume
that if they CAN weld something, they automatically SHOULD do so.
Often they ignore the fact that proper solder joints can, being
capillary joints, be less visible and intrusive to detailed jewelry,
and that some metals are simply difficult to weld well or neatly,
and solder is a better option there.
It simply goes to show that inept butchery can transcend any set of
As for the new plumb platinum solders, Although they are nice and
I use them a lot, they too often leave a visible seam. Some
jewelers that I have met don't like them at all for that reason as
well as the fact that they flow a little differently than more
traditional solders. If possible I suggest continuing to weld with
the same alloy that the shank is made of. When using solders pay
attention to what works for you and what doesn't.
Let's drop the name calling and try to continue our growth with a
little more dignity.
My bad. I need to remember to read my replies twice and count to ten
before posting, and to be especially careful when a response is based
on some “trigger” pet peeve button being pushed. Thanks for reminding
Have I told you how much I hate gold with silicon in it? Have I
mentioned that I really hate cobalt in my platinum?
Yup. But hey, at least with the cobalt, you have the option of
seperating it with a magnet to keep it away from your more usable
And while we’re at it, I suspect I’m gonna have to learn to at least
pretend to tolerate working with palladium. Nasty stuff, from what
i’ve tried so far. Our laser doesn’t do a good job with it, so I
can’t as easily fix the bothersome porosity that seems to show up in
so many of the castings, and I can’t even decently just melt it down
and fabricate the stuff, at least not with our melting equipment…
By the time all is said and done, I suspect the stuff won’t be quite
as much a money saver, either for us, or our customers, as they are
hoping. But time will tell.