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« on: June 07, 2014 10:33:26 PM »

IF you are making a pendant, ring, what have you, do you wrap, wrap, tuck or do you always solder the ends?
What do you do to make sure there aren't any prickle end pieces to make your creation comfy for the wearer?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014 08:01:56 AM »

I'm interested in hearing what others do as well. I would solder it personally, but don't know if that is the best method.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014 11:01:08 AM »

HI there! Thanks for your reply. I don't own a soldering iron but does one have to be working with 100% certain metal to use one? LIke the wire I am using is  sterling silver plated non tarnish jewelry craft wire.

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014 12:52:50 AM »

Mostly wrapping and tucking.  I can usually work the tail of the wire in so it won't be troublesome.  If it has a pokey edge, sometimes you can get a teeny tiny file in to take that down, or something small and pointy to tuck it where it sent bothersome.

If I really need soldered, I'll make sure of the type of metal and let my guy have at it.  He has all of the equipment for small wire soldering, as he does work on electronic stuff in vehicles since he is a mechanic.  He has also welded a thing or two.  Braised as well...

I find I am a little too wobbly for my linking to mess with small stuff and fire. 

He really recommends a magnetic holder for soldering tiny stuff, that way both of hands are free to work on stuff.  He got them from NAPA and they are listed as a magnetic soldering clamp.  http://m.napaonline.com/tablet//parts/PartDetails.aspx?Id=SER774025_0120223323. You can check them out on the NAPA page there.  I keep thinking about getting one just to hold stuff in place and free up another hand.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014 05:04:19 AM »

Listessa - thanks for the soldering clamp link! I use one of those jewelry clamps with two arms and the magnifier but find it can get top-heavy and unstable. If this NAPA one has a heavy base the lower center of gravity is fantastic!

Oh, and I wrap, tuck and file for the most part. I took a torch class at Bead & Button a few years ago but am nervous to do it on my own.


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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2014 05:26:22 AM »

Thanks for the info and the magnetic clamp thing does sound neat to free up hands! I looked almost like a juggling act the other day while trying to bend a fork  Cheesy
 I have been wrapping and tucking. Glad to hear I am not the only one around here who does!  Cheesy
(I just know if I solder I will put a hole clean thru & destroy what I am working on!)
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2014 11:15:50 PM »

I have several garage-sale place card holders that are just weighted bottoms with a wire and alligator clamp like on the magnetic clamp.  Just enough of a third hand for small projects.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014 03:11:50 AM »

Listessa - thanks for the soldering clamp link! I use one of those jewelry clamps with two arms and the magnifier but find it can get top-heavy and unstable. If this NAPA one has a heavy base the lower center of gravity is fantastic!

Oh, and I wrap, tuck and file for the most part. I took a torch class at Bead & Button a few years ago but am nervous to do it on my own.


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I believe my boyfriend somehow attached a couple to a heavy base of steel plate to keep it down.  I can't remember if it comes with a heavy magnet base or if he did something to modify it. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2014 06:23:26 AM »

Listessa - thanks for the soldering clamp link! I use one of those jewelry clamps with two arms and the magnifier but find it can get top-heavy and unstable. If this NAPA one has a heavy base the lower center of gravity is fantastic!

Oh, and I wrap, tuck and file for the most part. I took a torch class at Bead & Button a few years ago but am nervous to do it on my own.


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I believe my boyfriend somehow attached a couple to a heavy base of steel plate to keep it down.  I can't remember if it comes with a heavy magnet base or if he did something to modify it. Smiley

A big washer from the hardware and E6000 will do the trick! I definitely like the lower center of gravity. Thanks!


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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2014 01:33:44 AM »

Ooo!  I love it!  That is an awesome idea! 

I thought of this thread at Joann's today too.  They have a new tool by the wire section, it smooths jagged wire edges into little domes.  Kind of like a reverse bead reamer.  I'm completely spacing out the name now, but go look for it!  Super cool idea.
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