I'm making a Byzantine chain. The instructions say to just twist
the links closed, but I want to solder or fuse them closed. Any
tips on how to do this without messing up the links?
I've made lots of soldered Byz chain. Here's the scheme that works
1. Close 1/2 the links flush & tight. As they are closed, lay them
in a row on a fire brick with the joints at 12 o'clock. Lay them as
close together as possible, but not touching. Leave about 1" between
2. After the brick is covered or all the links have been closed,
apply a small dab of paste solder to the inside of each link so it
contacts both sides of the joint (between 11 o'clock & 1 o'clock).
Place the solder aprox. on the upper 1/4 of the inside of each link.
A dab of solder about 1 - 2 times the diameter of the wire works
3. After all the links have had solder applied, turn the brick
around so the joints are at 6 o'clock.
3. Light the torch & begin soldering the links by applying the heat
to the outside of the link. Direct the flame so it heats each side
of the joint equally. Between 4 o'clock & 8 o'clock works well.
4. After the last link has been soldered, gather the soldered links
using a soldering pick or a stiff copper wire. If a soldering pick
is used, transfer the links to a wire. Twist the ends of the wire
together & place the links in the pickle.
For the soldering operation, paste solder sold in syringes works
well. If it's stiff & hard to extrude from the syringe, placing near
an incandescent bulb or wrapping it in a cloth soaked in hot water
will soften the solder & make it easier to extrude. If it's placed
near a light bulb, don't let it there too long or the plastic
syringe may melt.
The same general scheme can be used for fusing by eliminating the