A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, it's time to show off your TREE!  Show off your flocking and garland with us this year.
Total Members: 314,823
Currently Running With Scissors:
318 Guests and 16 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Balling wire with torch-- only works with sterling silver?  (Read 1126 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
« on: March 20, 2012 12:30:58 PM »

Anytime I've seen this technique demonstrated, it's always with sterling silver wire. I can see how craft wire wouldn't work since this is usually coated copper or brass and the coating will mess that up. But what about copper or brass or gold filled or fine silver?

Bionic Dingo
Cunning Artificer
Offline Offline

Posts: 299
Joined: 13-Jul-2007

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012 07:46:51 PM »

Copper, fine silver and brass work just fine. I've never tried with gold filled so I can't vouch for that one, but if I had to put money on it I'd say no. I may be wrong, though, so go ahead and try it.

And don't forget to flux!

<< I'm on Etsy!  www.magpiehouse.etsy.com >>
Doing stuff and saving the world
Offline Offline

Posts: 225
Joined: 16-Feb-2012

Overlook near Brown Mountain

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012 06:35:13 AM »

Oh! I see what you're doing!

Copper and brass will work, gold filled I would think will work. You can use either a borax paste or soldering flux for keeping the metals clean, I'd suggest the borax for anything harder than copper. You can do the same on steel as well, provided you have a torch than can get to the temperature necessary.

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy.-Oscar Wilde

Available for personal swaps, send me a PM. I make crafty tools!
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2012 10:46:14 AM »

Thank you both!

« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012 07:21:03 AM »

The cool thing about copper is if you quickly drop the piece in cold water the ball will turn a lovely shade of pink .

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Holiday Lantern
Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Danish Heart Basket
O, Christmas Tree

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.