SOLDERING STERLING SILVER

EAR WIRES, JUMP RINGS, BEZELS



EAR WIRES WITH END DOT

SUPPLIES:

SS WIRE OF CHOICE (possibly 20 gauge)

FLUX (I PREFER BORIC ACID  POWDER WITH DENATURED ALCOHOL)

PICKLE

TORCH OF CHOICE

MANDREL

FILE


CUT SS WIRE ABOUT 3 INCHES LONG.  HOLD THE WIRE IN TWEEZERS OR STICK INTO FIRE BRICK. HOLD TORCH CLOSE TO WIRE AND HEAT UNTIL BALL FORMS AT END OF WIRE.  OPPOSITE END OF WIRE  SHOULD BE FILED SMOOTH.  WRAP BEADED END TIGHTLY AROUND THE MANDREL TO CREATE LOOK THEN CREATE SECOND LOOP IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION, FORMING FIGURE EIGHT SHAPE . BEND WIRE TAIL BACKWARDS SLIGHTLY. YOU CAN THEN PLACE  ON A FLAT PLATE AND HAMMER FLAT SLIGHTLY TO WORK HARDEN. FINISH WITH EMERY PAPER AND THEN POLISH.  THIS SAME WIRE CAN BE  USED TO HOLD DROP BEAD WORK .


MAKING JUMP RINGS

SUPPLIES:

SS WIRE OF CHOICE

MANDREL

TORCH OF CHOICE

FLUX

SOLDER SNIPPET OR SOLDER PASTE

PICKLE

SIDE CUTTERS

PLIERS


WRAP WIRE OF CHOICE AROUND MANDREL TIGHTLY. MARK  CUTTING LINE WITH PERMANENT MARKER. CUT RINGS ONE AT A TIME WITH SIDE CUTTERS THEN CLEAN THE OPPOSITE  SIDE BY TURNING THE CUTTERS 180 DEGREES AND CLIPPING OFF THE BUR.

PUSH RINGS TOGETHER FLUSH THEN LAY SIDE BY SIDE ON FIRE BRICK OR CHARCOAL BRICK.  FLUX EACH RING AND THEN HEAT WITH TORCH UNTIL FLUX TURNS CLEAR. COOL AND THEN ADD A SNIPPET OF SOLDER OR SMALL AMOUNT OF SOLDER PASTE.  HEAT WITH TORCH UNTIL SOLDER FLOWS. DROP INTO PICKLE FOR A FEW MINUTES  AND RINSE WITH CLEAR WATER.



BEZEL SETTING

SUPPLIES :

SS PLATE 24 GUAGE

BEZEL WIRE

STONE OR FUSED GLASS CABOCHON

TORCH OF CHOICE

FLUX

PICKLE

FILE OR METAL SHEARS

SOLDER



MEASURE STONE HEIGHT TO BE SURE BEZEL WIRE IS WIDE ENOUGH TO HOLD STONE IN PLACE. WRAP BEZEL WIRE TIGHTLY AROUND STONE AND MARK WITH SCRIBE. CUT BEZEL WIRE AT SCRIBE MARK FOR TIGHT FIT. SOLDER IT SHUT WITH SOLDER THEN PICKLE . USE STONE TO RESHAPE BEZEL AND THEN LAY FLAT ON SS PLATE THAT HAS BEEN CUT TO SIZE AND SHAPE TO ACCOMMODATE THE STONE.  FLUX AND HEAT UNTIL FLUX IS CLEAR. PLACE SMALL SNIPPETS OF SOLDER AROUND INSIDE EDGE OF BEZEL THEN HEAT WITH TORCH DIRECTING HEAT TO OUTSIDE EDGE OF BEZEL TO DRAW THE SOLDER TO THE OUTSIDE.  PICKLE AND CHECK FOR SOLID SOLDER. TRIM OR FILE EXCESS SILVER OFF OF PLATE TO MAKE SMOOTH FITTING BEZEL.



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