Do you solder your spiculums after applying Keum Boo? If so,
have you any problems with the disintegration?
yes I solder my spiculums after applying the Keum Boo. I have
learned how to make sure that the keum boo is really very well
fused to the stg silver. I have raised fine silver goblets with
Keum Boo on them, without any problems. ( am just about to start
a course on web page desgin so someday soon they will be
the main thing is to make sure the gold is really well applied
and to double check before forming , by bringing the heat up to
approxinmately the temp of the solder you are using. I would tend
to use hard solder, as I still have ctaches or attachments to
solder on to them. If no bubbles appear then you should be OK. A
few bubbles are not too bad, because you can still press them
down once the soldering is complete.
I solder the spiculum by applying an “excess” of solder near the
tips, one end at a time, and by controlling the heat, I draw the
solder along the seam line. Solder flows toweards the hottest
spot. I usually have to add tiny pieces of solder on top of the
seam in the middle sections… depending on the lenght of the
spiculum. Because my spiculums are always roller printed with
textured paper, or designs in the roller printed silver ( I
don’t like shiny things!) I have to take care because I can’t
file any excess off. Mind you diamond cut burrs and fibre glass
brushes come in handy when mistakes occur!
You do need a steady hand… no red wine the night before!
All this talking about spiculums makes me what to make some!
Felicity in sunny Perth west Oz.