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I tried this route:
I bought a small TIG welder (Miller 150STH, about $1,500 including
argon gas connections), about the smallest portable TIG welder you
can get; bought a small torch (Weldcraft WP-50 torch, about $200)
that will hold very small electrodes (down to 0.5 mm).
1. VERY difficult to weld silver and/or gold with any accuracy, even
at low amperages (10-20 amps)
2. generally the pieces reached melting temperatures so fast, even
at low amperage, that the pieces were destroyed
I should mention that I have been TIG welding bronze sculpture for
years, and consider myself an experienced TIG welder. I am still
playing with this jewelry-sized setup, but am no way near a point
where I can be confident that the metal pieces will not be damaged,
or completely blown away! I will post again on Orchid if I start to
make any headway - but looks doubtful at this point.
Any input from others trying the TIG welding route would be most
Does anyone know an email address for Kevin Lindsay (who presented
papers on TIG welding jewelry at the Santa Fe Symposium)?