I read my Orchid digest every day. The posts are a true treasure
trove. I learned about Bruce Baker here, and got his 3 CD’s. They
are great! I hope to be in a show by next summer.
My question is based on a soldering problem I have been having. Is
there a tried and true method of keeping an object in the spot you
place it while it gets hot? Often, my bezel or ornament will start
sliding when the heat gets right to its crucial level. It acts like
it’s suddenly on a Slip-n-Slide (does everyone know what that is?!)
I tried binding wire, which worked great for a box shaped clasp,
although it left little depressions and it melted. I guess it wasn’t
that great come to think of it.
The thing I wish I could do is glue my item in place so that even
when it gets hot it will not move, then of course once the solder
has flowed it’s too late for any more movement.
I hope this isn’t something that has been covered in the recent
past, but if it has, I don’t know what to search under.
Today I was soldering an oval bezel onto the front of a domed piece.
The bezel stayed in place until the solder flowed, then I used my
pick to move a little pool of solder closer to the edge, then the
whole bezel jumped about 6 mm and attached very well in its new
It’s still centered vertically, but now it’s below the horizontal
horizon (crap!!) But maybe it’ll look nice if I just leave it and
decorate the other 2 pieces the same way. Or, I can un-solder it.
Then the thin FS bezel might melt, etc - you get the picture.
Thanks in advance for ideas.