This article covers routine repair and assembly projects accomplished using ABI’s Mini Pulse Arc III.
This cast platinum setting has a significant and noticeable pit located on the under gallery wire as indicated by the arrow.
Jewelry Repairs with ABI Mini Pulse Arc III
|A small ball bur is used to open and round the pit and then a small platinum bead is inserted into the rounded depression.|
|After some experimenting with voltage and power level settings, 50 volts at power level 4 with the number 2 tip was used to melt the bead into the rounded depression.
The contact pad was attached to the negative terminal and the weld pencil to the positive terminal.
|The electrode was recessed about 1 millimeter into the ceramic collar and the collar was held about 1/2 millimeters away from the bead.
It took about 6 pulses of energy to complete the welding.
|These earrings have prongs for back setting gemstones. In the process of setting, two of the 4 prongs cracked.
The cracked area is indicated by the arrows.
|The prongs were reattached using the ABI Mini Pulse III set on power level 5 and 45 volts.
The tip was held of the welding pencil about 1/2 millimeters away from the cracked area.
|The cracked prongs were repaired with little or no deformation of the prongs shape.|
|To further test the parameters of the ABI Mini Pulse Arc III, 18 karat yellow gold Omega clips were selected for welding of the rivet wire.|
|For this procedure, the #1 tip was used and a power level of 5 and 50 volts. The rivet wires formed a smooth nice weld.
The welding process did not anneal or tarnish the findings during the procedure.
Tack-, fusion- and pulse-arc equipment settings will differ and are based upon the volume, amount of contact and alloy of the material you are working with. Practicing using like materials will give you a parameter for the settings required for your application. Keep a record of settings and tasks for future reference.