Hello everyone, I have two questions... first, I am looking for a
source of soldered jump rings in ss, 14k and 18k gold - I need 18 ga.
with an ID of 8.75mm, specifically. Does anyone know where I might
find some or know of someone who will custom make them up for me?
Second, I hope to teach myself how to solder very soon (as soon as I
get an area set up where I can feasibly do it). I was thinking about
starting out with a handheld butane torch (such as the Blazer or the
similar one from Proxxon) since I don't have a lot of funds to invest
at the moment and I don't plan on doing anything large right away. I
basically want it right now for things like soldering jump rings and
bezels. Would this type of handheld torch work sufficiently for
karat golds as well as silver? If I start learning on sterling
silver, is it much different soldering gold?
Also, since I am unable to take a class on the subject and I don't
know of anyone in my area who might be interesting in
mentoring/teaching me, I am contemplating the video Rio has on Basic
Soldering Techniques. Does anyone have any experience with this
video? If so, would it be a good investment or are there other,
better sources for learning basic techniques?
Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated!
Wired Contemporary Jewelry