first i want to thank all of you for this wonderful forum and for
writing back to my last two posts.
my new problem is this:
i’m making a sterling ring shank and sterling bezel setting to sit
atop the ring.
i made the shank and soldered it with hard solder, figuring i’d be
heating up the piece again a couple of times. i’ve never used hard
solder before and it didn’t seem to act the same as medium or easy.
it didn’t really flow the same way for me and my join is very
obvious even with much filing. in fact, i’ve thinned the shank
noticably in trying to file the seam out. so what did i do wrong
next question is: i soldered on the bezel wire to a backing, but did
not have a good connection and was unable to get the entire wire
soldered to the back. after several tries, i finally got it but one
tiny space where the wire just didn’t touch and wasn’t going to. so
i added an 18 gauge piece of wire around the base of the bezel (the
backing is larger than the bezel by about an eighth of an inch, so
this works). i had a hard time getting the wire to fit tightly
enough that its edges would touch when soldering. so i ended up with
a nicely soldered wire – to the backing! but not to itself. how
could i have made the wire fit more tightly?
having said all this, i want you to realize i am experimenting here
and don’t intend to sell this piece!
thanks again for all your help,
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