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Soldering

Soldering is an essential skill for jewelry making. Our articles include how-to guides, discussions of tools and techniques, and advice for repairs.

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How to Mount Objects in Metal Frames

For the illusion of “floating objects” Helen I. Driggs shares her technique, a step by step guide, on how to mount objects in matel frames. ******************** Bi-directional tabs are a decorative way to secure delicate objects…

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De-oxidized Sterling Silver Alloys

Sterling silver alloys typically contain about 7.5 percent copper, an addition that not only provides strength to the otherwise pure silver, but also helps the alloys to tarnish fairly quickly—a traditional frustration for jewelers…

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Magic Boric Acid Powder 16oz.

High-grade superfine boric acid powder. Use as high-grade flux and deoxidizing agent. Can also be mixed with denatured alcohol to make soldering flux.

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Richard Reinhardt: Discontinuous Continuity

Richard Reinhardt’s best-known pieces today are silver bracelets, constructed in concave or convex forms that curve smoothly and logically in a circle. Intermingled with these simple forms are forged, applied wires that gently…

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The Contemporary American Custom Goldsmithing

About five years ago, Robert Fairbank, John Reynolds and I created a “living entity” called Goldsmiths 3 in Concord, Massachusetts. Our name simply reflects what we are: three goldsmiths, custom-designing and handcrafting…

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How to Repair a Hollow Rope Chain

I took in a broken hollow rope chain bracelet for repair this week. The bracelet had caught on a desk drawer and broke. I didn’t think it presented any special problems (outside of being hollow) until I looked further and noticed a couple…

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Damascus and Pattern Welding

True damascus steel is made by a casting process utilizing very high carbon steel. The material is held at or near the temperature of fusion for an extended period of time. This causes the formation of large, high carbon dendrites in a matrix…

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Technical Briefs: Fluxes

Technical Briefs deals with technical concerns of interest to a wide audience, addressing topics as diverse as vanguard technology and ancient arts. It will also answer questions from readers and respond to suggestions, always trying…

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Master Metalsmith Alan Adler

I first discovered Allan Adler’s Silversmithing Shop about 23 years ago when I arrived in Southern California to begin my metalsmithing teaching career at California State University, Long Beach. His shop was located on Sunset Boulevard…

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Master Metalsmith John Prip

One observation on the career of John Prip (more often called Jack) is the way in which the man and his times have grown together. In some people this might be a coincidence; in others it would indicate an ability to perceive and adapt to a trend.…

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Debunking a Soldering Myth 2

There are many myths about heating pieces during soldering that can cause innumerable problems during relatively simple soldering operations. In this occasional column, I will address the top soldering myths and the essential criteria…

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Overcoming Bench Mistakes

From the Editor: It’s happened to everyone. You’re working on a project and everything is going along well until…. Oops. You melt something that wasn’t supposed to be melted, or chip something that’s hard to replace. After a few…

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Fabricated Reversible Pearl Pendant

Design ideas often begin one way, then evolve into something different. Such was the case with Robin Waynee’s two-sided palladium pendant with pink sapphires, diamonds, and a rolling Tahitian pearl. Waynee, of Santa Fe, New Mexico,…

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Debunking a Soldering Myth 1

After 25 years as a jeweler, first as a student, an apprentice, an instructor, and now a master instructor and director of the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City, I’ve come to realize that much of the basic information about soldering…

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Setting Stones in Wax

One of the most revolutionary advances in recent years, apart from laser welding, is the method of setting stones in wax. It has allowed many previously impossible designs andalso allowed the jeweler to forge ahead and create many difficult…

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Prong Setting & Ring Sizing Tips

I’m going to do something different in this issue. Instead of taking you through the steps involved in putting a new piece of jewelry on the market, I’m going to share some bench tips that I’ve been taught, or developed, through…

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Jewelry Designs: Raindrops Pendant

Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we will detail all of the steps involved in adding a new piece of jewelry to our line. In this issue we will be working with our latest design. I’ll take you through every phase of production,…

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Jewelry Designs: Steeplechase Pendant

As a traditional symbol of good luck, this piece is inspired by the horseshoe. It is dedicated to the power and grace of the race horse including those of our very own Iroquois Steeplechase. Welcome to Stacey Rhodes Jewelry Designs, where we…

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Bench Mag Favorite Tips 2002

This article page is from a section “Favorite Tips” from BENCH Magazine 2002 submitted by readers and BENCH Magazine Staff covering favorite tips on removing and straightening kinks in chains, jewelry cleansing, chain repair…

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Chain Repair Paste Solder Method

Repairing broken chains is one of the two most often preformed jobs in the shop. (Sizing rings is the other) The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the…

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Re-tipping Platinum Prongs

Platinum is a very durable metal, so prongs will last a long time. However, it is sometimes necessary to re-tip prongs even on a Platinum ring. By definition, re-tipping platinum prongs imply that the stone remains in the setting during the…

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Resizing Damaged Rings

This page provides some helpful tips when it comes to resizing damaged rings with stones. Read on for more. When sizing rings with stones that may be damaged from heat, hold the stones under water while soldering. To do this, place a metal…

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Dealing with Fire Scale

Fire scale or fire stain is a reddish purple toned ‘bloom’ or ‘stain’ that appears on silver/copper alloys such as sterling silver when they are heated in the presence of oxygen. It even occurs in gold alloys with high copper contents. As it generally…

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Soldering Hints and Tricks

Medical hemostats and forceps make good clips for wire solder. Soldering clips for soldering work may be made from cotter pins, coat hanger wire, piano wire, steel strapping or old clock springs. These may be used to hold parts together.

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Basic Jewelry Construction and Soldering Principles

A short review of construction and soldering principles would be a good idea at this point. They’re fairly basic. Principles of soldering (or what most of the world terms ‘brazing’ but jewelers call ‘soldering’) include: make sure that all…

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Plique-a-Jour Russian Soldering Method

There are a number of methods for plique a jour, a filigree technique that allows light to shine through the enamel, much like stained glass. With plique a jour, there is no backing for the vitreous enamel; instead a structure of metal is made…

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Special Repair Work

It is not uncommon for moving parts to wear out. This is to be expected because of increased friction as parts rub against one another. A common example can be found in connecting rings such as the jump rings that attach a charm to a bracelet or a…

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Carat Gold Solders for Jewellery Making

In many countries, regulations govern the caratage of gold solders used to make jewellery and, with few exceptions, gold solder alloys should be of the same caratage as the jewellery. One problem with the production of solders is to ensure…

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Tips on How to Master Soldering

Soldering is probably the most commonly used and least understood operation performed in the jewelry industry. Most jewelers know how to solder a joint closed, as well as join parts together, but if asked what is happening in the process, few…

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Avoiding Melting Soldered Seams

Soldering is a delicate and sometimes difficult process especially when you need to solder very close to a previous solder seam. Without extra care, you can easily melt that prior seam and dislodge the parts. One solution is to drop down a temperature…

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Solder Flow Retardant Notes

While goldsmiths normally strive to have their solder flow easily, there are times you don’t want it to flow, such as spilling over a decorated surface, if it ‘freezes’ a mechanism, or if it threatens to open a gap in a seam soldered earlier in…

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Soldering Parts Using Pourable Soldering Jig

There is a great way of doing very complex and repeated solderings in one go. This very important method uses casting and soldering investment is to set up multiple solderings at once. The idea is that you take clay (I prefer real clay, not plasticine…

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What Kind of Torch Do You Need?

With so many torches on the market, a first-time buyer can be quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions that have to be made. Choosing a fuel, fitting the right tips, and determining the type of flame you need are just the beginning.…

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Protecting Gems While Soldering

Repair jewelers are frequently called upon to solder close in to a set gemstone. Besides the normal dangers of heating a gem in these days of glass infills and other challenges it behooves a jeweler to keep a gemstone cool during soldering if…

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Manufacturing Mokume Gane Jewelry

Mokume gane translated from Japanese means “wood eye metal”. This rare metal lamination process was developed and used by Japanese craftsmen in the 17th century for the adornment of samurai swords. Today, mokume gane jewelry is growing in…

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Set Up Your Torch

OK. You have just brought home your first acetylene tank and are ready to attach your new acetylene/air torch. This is the day you have dreamed of — soldering at home, in your workshop — yet there is that nagging doubt in the back of your head.…

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Making Silver Whistles

Okay, so this is a bit esoteric. I mean, how many people do you know that make silver whistles. It all started with a commission from a captain of a racing yacht. He had lost his whistle and he wanted me to make one that also had the shape of a Christian…

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Magnesia Blocks Myth Debunked

Myth: Magnesia blocks are superior soldering surfaces to charcoal blocks: A topic that seems to raise a fair amount of spirited discussion and strong opinions is what is the best soldering surface: firebrick, charcoal, magnesia, solderite…

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How to Use the Conduction Soldering Technique

The soldering process, used extensively in all aspects of jewelry manufacturing and repair, joins two or more pieces of metal together and when done properly, will result in a virtually undetectable seam. A better understanding of the soldering…

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Perfectly Fit Bezel

Joints that fit well make soldering a snap. The next time you need to solder or fuse a bezel, try using a separating disc, which has even abrasive sides, to slice through the bezel stock first. This quick procedure minimizes gaps and ensures a…

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Using a mouth-pipe to solder

The second video was to be about setting up your bench and a basic set of tools you will need but due to a comment from a friend of mine, I have already gone off topic. This shows that everyone has something new to learn! ? Lets just chalk this……

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Soldering and Working With Argentium Silver

Follow along with industry favorite and Argentium Silver expert as she shares a variety of tips for working with Argentium Silver. Topics covered include soldering, annealing, fusing, how to make homemade pickle, how to choose a flux, and…

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How To Choose the Right Soldering Torch for Jewelry Making

In this continuing series of videos on soldering from Rio Grande, Mark Nelson explains how to select the right torch for the jobs you’ll need to accomplish. Discussion includes how to evaluate the jobs you need to do with a focus on what…

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Ring

Irish symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. Silver Ring. Dark-blue topaz stone, and natural pearls. P.s. wonderful gift for your beloved (:…

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brooch.

handmade jewelry made ??of silver.

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Earrings

Boxes: Marquis cut garnets 3 / 6 – 6 stones. phianites – 40 white stones (stone size of the smallest 0.9 mm, the largest – 2 mm). – 2 orange stone (diameter 1.25) A total of 48 stones. hand made.

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Tube Setting Tutorial

Melissa Muir demonstrates and walks you through how to create a tube setting. For more tips and tutorials visit, http://design.kcjewelbox.com…

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How to solder tiny ring components

I was recently asked for some advice on how to solder a very small bezel setting to a thin wire band. This is a how to explaining the process, and helping you to avoid some common issues, such as work coming apart or moving while you solder, and excessive…

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Filigree Soldering Demo part 2

Demonstration of soldering filigree using a solder pick. 3D filigree-by Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, Author of Silver Threads, Making Wire Filigree Jewlery- Part 2 of 3…

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Fiilgree Soldering Demo – Part 1

Demonstration of soldering filigree using a solder pick. 3D filigree-by Jeanne Rhodes-Moen, Author of Silver Threads, Making Wire Filigree Jewlery…

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Mokum Gan Band by AndrosCreations

Here you can see an 8mm mokum gan style band being created from silver strip and mokum patterned sheet. Mokum Gan is a Japanese term which means…

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Jewelry Welding – Welding Findings

Rio Grande carries the Orion Jewelry Welder – an affordable laser welding alternative for all jewelers. These welders provide three different weld modes which provide users with complete control. Users can fix porosity in seconds,…

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Jewelry Welding – Prong Re-Tipping

Rio Grande carries the Orion Jewelry Welder – an affordable laser welding alternative for all jewelers. These welders provide three different weld modes which provide users with complete control. Users can fix porosity in seconds,…

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Jewelry Welding – Custom Welding

Rio Grande carries the Orion Jewelry Welder – an affordable laser welding alternative for all jewelers. These welders provide three different weld modes which provide users with complete control. Users can fix porosity in seconds,…

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Making a Three Stone Ring – Part 1

Creating the Mounting. Handmade ring created using findings from Southeastern Findings (sefindings.com). Basic finger ring construction demonstrated and use of jewelers tools. Custom made 3 Stone Anniversary Ring…

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Solderite Board

Master Jeweler Jay Whaley demonstrates Solderite soldering boards. Key features include durability, heat reflective, clean to use, lightweight, rapid cool down, affordable and protects bench tops.