I have a solder questions for the gang. There is one piece in
my currently collection I bang out a lot and usually I have no
problem soldering the pieces about 70% of the time. The other 30%
with this particuliar piece, the soldering gods are not on my
side. Here is the deal, I have a piece of sterling silver wire
(pretty thick pieces some are 14 gauge, 16 gauge and 18 gauge).
First I solder sterling silver beads onto the wire. Then I solder
the wire with the silver beads onto another piece of larger silver
(wrapping the wire with beads around it). I use easy solder when
I get to this point. 30% of the time before the solder gets to
melt -I melt the freakin bead. The bead unfortunately is on the
soldering point… Is there something I can put on the bead to
prevent it from heating up so quickly? The beads I discovered are
really not very substantially made. They are pretty much hollow. I
haven’t found a source that makes them more sturdy. Help! This
is making me crazy!