Cynthia- The very best way to hold things while soldering is by
hand. It’s the sign of an accomplished and professional metals smith.
Learn to hold crowns, prongs, earring posts, parts etc. in tweezers
and then bring them in just as your main piece reaches soldering
I almost never use my third hand and use binding wire maybe once a
It takes practice but really is the way to go. No fiddling about
with wires, pastes, and third hands. Just get in and out in a matter
If it’s not straight, just a quick adjustment by hand instead of
taking things apart and resetting up.
I have a favorite pair of wider tipped locking tweezers that I have
carved a small perpendicular groove in the ends to hold ear posts
and wires snugly while soldering. Tim likes his notched tweezers
notched at an angle, The wire just locks into place. It makes things
so much easier.
I’ll never forget the sense of shock and pride the very first time I
soldered on a post free hand and got it straight.
One of our favorite shop mottos is “If at first you succeed try to
hide your astonishment.” Have fun and make lots of jewelry.