I find that I spend an *inordinate* amount of time, when
fabricating ring bands, in getting the two ends of the blank to
meet up squarely so that I can successfully solder the band shut.
Hi Susan, I don’t know if this will help… it would be easier if I
could see what you’re doing!
When I’m fabricating round bands, making them actually round is one
of the last things I do. When I’m butt soldering the two ends
together, the piece is usually a short, squat oval, badly deformed.
At this point, all I’m worried about is that the piece of stock is
the right length, and that the ends meet squarely and in the proper
After the piece is soldered and pickled I’ll place it on the mandrel
and then work on making it round, file and sand as necessary, etc.
Also, it helps to be sure the metal is annealed… it is much easier
to manipulate that way. Even in the annealed state, I am able to get
enough spring to hold the two ends together with tension.
Hope this is of some use!
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)