Once again I have just struggled trying to solder a jump ring
between two parts of a pendant and could use some help with the
process. I have one part which is about 1/2 inch square, and the
other part is 3/4 inch by 1 and 1/2 inch in 20 gauge sterling.
When attempting to solder the jump ring in between them I clean,
sand and flux (Pripps) the jump ring, then support the jump ring on
each side by a third hand so the seam is at the top. I am using a
Little Torch tip 4 ( sometimes #5 on these projects) with a small
flame, and then increase the size of the flame as the frustration
increases. I just do not seem to get the jump ring itself hot
enough to melt the solder (either medium or easy) and meanwhile the
two larger pieces get soiled again after having been polished to
remove previous firescale.
I have no trouble soldering jump rings individually for a chain,
on a piece of charcoal, but this always seems to stump me when I am
connecting two larger pieces. Is it not advisable to put the jump
ring in two third hands? My understanding was that one aims the
small flame at either side of the jump ring seam and then when it
gets hot enough the solder placed on it will melt. When I try the
pick method the little ball of solder keeps sitting there and just
will not melt! I have had the same problem, actually, when trying
to solder an ear wire shut when it is connected to a hearty piece
of sterling. Because of the weight (and for the quality work I am
striving for) I really want these to be soldered rather than left
cold, and if I put them on when I do my original bezel work I find
the jump rings get thinned during the bobbing, tripoli, rouge
Many thanks to anyone who can give me some tips.
Sue Danehy, Previous e mail address was email@example.com
Canton, New York, up near the Canadian border, where the tulips
and flowering crab trees are finally in blossom.