Hi, all- I have recently received a custom order for a belt buckle
which is actually just an enormous bezel cup- a 2" by 3"
rectangular cab, with the edges trimmed flush, no silver showing on
I am going nuts trying to solder this thing.
Thus far, here is what I have tried-
Soldering with a tripod- while this has served me well for soldering
even fairly substantial pieces in the past, this buckle is nearly
four times the size of my past work, and yes, the screen on the
tripod acts as a heat sink, keeping the piece from getting up to
temperature rapidly enough. Several of you on this list have carte
blanche to say “Told ya so!”
Placing the piece on two pieces of tufa, with just the edges on the
tufa, and heating from below. It caused the sheet (18g) to warp when
heated. Since success of the enterprise depends on a flat bezel
laying on a flat backing sheet, this was a major bummer. The results
of this experiment have been recycled into reticulation and casting
An alternate strategy, suggested by a fellow silversmith, is to heat
the piece on a soldering pad (from the top) with the flame in the
middle of the sheet until the thing gets up to temperature, then
playing the flame around the outer edge of the bezel to flow the
solder. Her theory was that the soldering pad retains enough heat to
make this work. Viable?
I am open to other ideas. Any suggestions?
Dos Manos Jewelry