My question is, Does anyone out there not use solder for
sizing gold or silver? Is it possible and practical to fuse all
sizings? The only fusing I have ever done is with platinum
I have a friend who has a shop and does just that. He feels very
strongly that no solder should be used when sizing anything. He
does very nice work and I usually don’t try to change his mind. I
always fuse certain things, like pits in castings. I will usually
use tiny wires (22-24 gauge). I heat the casting up to just
sweating, then ball up the wire to the size of the blemish
needing filling, then touch the two together, cut the wire with
the torch and melt the bead smoothly into the mounting (usually
leaving a little hump). I think its much better than using solder
in this case.
Sizing is another matter. I think its much more efficient to use
solder, its faster and its neater. I also think its just as
strong as fusing. Fusing is much more tricky, and I think you are
risking melting a little more than you might want to.
My friend does beautiful work, but he is pretty slow. I have
told him that he could get more done if he wouldn’t choose the
most complicated method possible to get a relatively simple task
accomplished. He thinks he is right and I respect that, maybe he
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