You asked, “Can anyone suggest a method for soldering the rings that
might speed up my production?”
This may not apply to your problem, but this is how I solder bunches
of rings: I scatter out bits of solder on the brick. Put a few drops
of Battern’s flux in a little container. Soldering tweezers in
dominant hand, torch in the other.
I pick up the ring in tweezers so that the joint is opposite where
the tweezer grasps. (The rings are in a random pile initially, and I
just look carefully when picking up the ring.) Dip the joint in flux.
Heat the solder into a ball and pick it up with the ring joint. A bit
more heat on the joint to flow the solder and drop into pickle.
I do this on all gauges from band rings to jump rings - just vary
NOTE: This doesn’t always work so well with Argentium (AS) - heat
control is very important. AS gets brittle when hot and will "break"
apart where the tweezers grasp. Much better to fuse AS.
Judy in Kansas, where the house has been open ALL day to enjoy the
light, moderate breezes.
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.