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« on: July 16, 2011 07:20:46 AM »

I made this pendant in my recent jewellery class. The stone is an Australian Opal that I got at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson. The piece is sterling silver:




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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011 08:50:03 AM »

So pretty!  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011 09:08:12 AM »

Ooooh, pretty Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2011 05:43:45 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011 01:12:39 PM »

Is the jump ring at the top going to be soldered shut?

Also, you may want to consider a textured finish to help disguise the fire-scale
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011 01:37:04 PM »

Yes, after I took the pic I realized the jump ring is showing where it's opened. No, it won't be soldered because I'm not in class anymore! I don't have access to the torch.

I also realized in class that I hadn't sanded it enough to get the fire scale off. It's something I didn't really have time to do because I was so anxious to see if the stone would still fit after all the prodding and shaping that I did! I'll sand it someday........:-)
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011 12:48:31 PM »

I actually find that for small soldering projects like this, a small little culinary torch works beautifully. It's refillable butane, so very handy to use at home!

Firescale is a huge pain. Your best method is to try to avoid it. I mixed up some Boric acid (powder) with denatured alcohol in about a 40/60 mix. It's thick and white. You just dip your piece in it, and set it on fire so the alcohol burns off. Your piece is then coated in a white powder, that helps prevent firescale!

Then just flux it up, and solder like normal. Doesn't prevent firescale entirely, but it does really help.
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2011 04:09:52 PM »

Interesting! When I soldered this piece it somehow got little drops of what looked like green liquid! Is that fire scale in a different form?

I actually got a lot of it off but got tired of sanding.......I'm impatient!

So, you solder with a creme brule torch?
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2011 07:54:45 AM »

The green liquid you saw was likely just the flux. It's normal.

Small jobs are easy to do with a creme brulee torch, for larger jobs I grabbed a plumbers torch from the hardware store. It's not spectacular, but until I can afford a larger setup it'll do just fine!
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