Since I don’t see any other posts yet I’ll tell you what I’d do.
(Just in case you’re in a hurry to get it done and get out to
1) The best way to cut the shank and the splice piece to have
them butt well.
After cutting and opening the ring, I’ll make both sides of the
cut parallel. Shape the end of the piece of stock you’re sizing
with and cut it off to length, with parallel ends. Now the insert
can be held in place by a little spring tension. Not too much,
just a little.
2) Do you solder both ends at the same time else how do you
keep one joint from opening as you solder the other?
If your ends are reasonably parallel the insert shouldn’t slip
and you can do both solders without realigning things.
3) Should the wire (splice) be annealed/hardened before
If it’s not to hard to shape it won’t matter.
4) Should use med solder?
Always use the hardest solder you can. However if you’re not
confident, medium solder might be better than melting the ring.
If you’re having a real bad day use easy, but never use lead
This is my first try at this process. I had trouble finding
info on it.
I’m sure there will be alot of it.
Thanks for your advice,