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Tricky soldering question - heat sink?


#1

help please?

I have to solder a stone set onto a pierced piece for a custom
order. the torch I have is a joke (propane cheapo torch with huge tip
for soldering copper pipes) because somebody took off with my nice
torch. Normally I would just solder the stone set on a blank piece of
silver and then do all the cuts. However, that same somebody also
took my old sawframe, which was in perfect working conditions and
left me with a new sawframe, that for some strange reason doesnt hold the blades in at the bottom end any more. Ive already tried to
exchange the bottom screw on it, but that didn`t fix the problem.

So I`m wondering if there is anything, that I can coat most of the
piece with, to solder the stone set into it, without melting the hand
cut filigree.

that weaselish MF, I mean somebody also grabbed my pickling pot
and every gram of Borax I had,…al things I only notice, when I
need it, and I usually don`t solder much at all…

Anyways, if anybody has a good trick on how to do this without
melting the piece, any help would be appreciated

Thanks,
Sparrow


#2

Sparrow,

Sorry to hear of your problems. Sounds to me like you need to get
over to your nearest jewelry equipment supplier and get the tools and
supplies you need. I don’t know the relative value of the piece you
are trying to work on but, if it is worth doing the work, it is worth
doing it well and that requires the proper tools. Anything less and
you could destroy it or create a less than quality item. OH, and I
would stay away from ‘that somebody’ too!!

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut1


#3
You'll proabably get plent of replies---One thing though:  On your
sawframe, take off the metal tabs that hold the blades, and
roughen them up, and cut new grooves in them- separating disk works
well, or a hart bur...... 

Thanks John, my saw was one of them newfangled cast aluminum
thingamajigs…dont ever buy one....unless you want to buy a new one every year, it seems. Its a really nice saw, to begin with,
perfectly centered on the blade, completely rigid, nice big cushy
handle and blade change is a breeze…but when it breaks, (eg.: the
screw tip that holds the blade in gets worn down a little bit).
because…ya can`t take it apart to fix it AAAAAACCCCCK!!!

…anyways,…living in an artist community,…I called around a bit
and was able to borrow a sawframe, and made a new piece, which is
sooo much nicer, than the original, which I cut almost two years ago
(in about half the time I cut the original piece)… with the
stonesetting soldered before I cut the piece. I feel a lot more
confident that way, :-))

I also did an experimental thing and set four cabs onto an already
cut knot work triskelian piece, and only slightly reticulated it
for that extra nice aged finish (cough cough, throat clear, wink)

Sparrow