Hello all, I have been following the torch work advice and have been
finding it very helpful, thank you all for sharing. I would like to
share a problem that I am having that has me at wits end. I am a
beginning jeweler so please bear with my simple basic question.
I am in the process of making a 30 mm circular copper pendant with
sterling overlay. I am trying to attach a sterling bail to the
pendant, unsuccessfully I might add. The pendant is made of 18-gauge
copper and the bail is a 5 mm wide sterling strip also 18 gauge. I
made a loop at the top of the sterling strip and want to connect on
the other side of the strip end to end with the top of the pendant,
so that it was flush with the pendant. I had it soldiered on, but
when I had just finished polishing the piece, the strip broke off at
the joint between the pendant and the strip. I had filed and fitted
the strip so that the joint was a perfect fit to the pendant with
the radius and used easy soldier due to the other elements of the
piece having been attached with hard and medium soldier.
So in short my question is can two piece of the same gauge sheet be
attached end to end without any overlapping? Or is the soldier not
strong enough for an end to end joint such as this one resulting in
what will always be a weak joint? Thus eventually always breaking at
the soldier joint over time. Or is there something that I may be
doing wrong? I hope I was able to draw a clear enough picture with
words for all to understand my ill-fated attempt.
Thanks in Advance