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Thinking Out Loud

A group where you can post your bench problems and issues for discussion and comment.

It's open and can be used to ask technical questions or post solutions, tips or ideas which you think might be of use to other members.

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Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2013

About the group and its administrator...

This group came about through discussion with another member of Crafthaus as a direct result of my own technical blog posts, showing works in progress. Although I am going to use this group as a form of blog for technical matters, notes about what I've been up to in the workshop and that sort of thing, the intention behind the group is to be a forum to talk about anything technical, from the user reviews of equipment to favourite techniques to asking for help and advice from other Crafthaus members.

Initially, this group is not moderated and it will stay that way if everyone remains civil, which I am pretty sure they will: Crafthaus doesn't seem to attract the uncivil!

 

The reason that I thought this group to be such a good idea is that I am primarily a maker; I'm bench-trained and have been making jewellery for over 30 years, thus have a large range of experience which I can offer to others, conversely, when something goes wrong for me, I am not too proud to ask others for help. 

 

Here are a few images from my own workshop.

 

The Lobster Quadrille (WIP) 7 The Goggles, 23/01/08 Flatpack Settings 3The Lobster Quadrille (WIP) 4 Crystalline Silver

 


 

How to use this group.

 

Post your questions or tips as a new Discussion. Try to tag the discussion with appropriate keywords so that the it becomes searchable in the future. 

 

Reply to questions or add to tips in the "Reply to this discussion" field below each discussion topic.

 

Feel free to praise, argue, comment, agree... so long as it stays respectful!

Discussion Forum

Lower Cost investment options

Started by Sean Macmillan. Last reply by Jim Binnion Mar 31, 2012. 4 Replies

Hey Folks,Due to the obscene shipping cost of casting investment, I'm considering trying to mix up my own using a recipe similar to our sculpture casting investment (Plaster, Silica and some sort of refractory).  Has anyone attempted this?  What…Continue

Black Rhodium Plating

Started by Alison B. Antelman. Last reply by Angelina Ciulik Aug 1, 2012. 6 Replies

I use liver of sulphur to turn my silver jewelry black (gunmetal gray really) while not affecting the gold settings. Many people have come up to me at shows mentioning that I could plate the jewelry in Rhodium that is black and which would be much…Continue

Tags: black, plating, rhodium

Investment Removal

Started by The Justified Sinner. Last reply by The Justified Sinner Nov 30, 2011. 12 Replies

Any tips for removing investment residues post-casting?I have just cast a large torus form which is hollow and has only small openings. The whole piece is full of investment, of course. I've tried using the ultrasonic but that hasn't done much.…Continue

Epoxy Resins vs Low/No Fire Enamels

Started by Michelle Pajak-Reynolds. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Sep 13, 2011. 4 Replies

I'm working on a new collection of jewelry inspired by my recent trip to Brazil. I want to add color to plastic and wood components which means traditional high fire enamels are not an option.  I've been investigating durable resin/ceramic based…Continue

Tags: resin, epoxy, pajak-reynolds, michelle, colores

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Comment by Brittany Søndberg on March 23, 2011 at 12:50pm
Yes you could, that's another reason I find the wire to be the most versatile. Additionally if you are soldering something large or needing a lot of solder in an application, you can stick solder it, just by holding the wire with tweezers on the seam as you heat and feeding the solder into the seam. That was not a great explanation, but you can look it up if you are interested. :)
Comment by Lora Hart on March 23, 2011 at 12:41pm
Is there much of a difference between sheet solder and wire solder? Couldn't you just hammer a clipped piece of wire to make it flat?
Comment by Brittany Søndberg on March 23, 2011 at 12:40pm
I have used sheet in the past, but I really only use wire solder now. For me it is the easiest to handle and cut tiny pieces from. I have several students who have used the paste in other workshops, but it seems weird to me.
Comment by Lora Hart on March 23, 2011 at 12:33pm

And I don't use any kind of syringe tip of needle. Just push the paste out and apply it with a toothpick.

 

Comment by Lora Hart on March 23, 2011 at 12:32pm
I've had two syringes of paste solder for about 8 years and still use them. (don't solder all that much). go them at a local bead store that isn't around anymore, and don't know what brand. I've just started practicing my skills in the Ring a Week project and doing lots of small bezels. I can see how metal solder might be better for that kind of project, but I've managed to make use of the paste just fine.
Comment by Jim Binnion on March 23, 2011 at 12:25pm

Paste has its uses but I find it to be of limited value.

There are several kinds of paste solder flux /binder some are meant to only be used in atmosphere controlled kiln soldering and some will work ok for torch work.

Because the paste has such a high surface area to volume ratio there can be problems with too much oxidation during heating and poor flow as a result.

 

If you are the type who likes to tinker around you can buy powdered solder and mix just enough to use for the current job and adjust the amount and type of flux to suit your taste.

Comment by lauren elizabeth griffiths on March 23, 2011 at 12:14pm
It goes out of date after six months I have some that expired and simply wouldn't flow it becomes hard to push from siringe first that's how you know! Thanks for feedback!!
Comment by Kathleen Faulkner on March 23, 2011 at 11:59am

Ann, I didn't know paste goes bad.  Do you know why that happens and/or the time frame?  

 

Comment by Ann Davis on March 23, 2011 at 11:55am
Well, I use both:) for silver, I find the quick solder in a syringe to be perfect for jumprings for instance, but I would use pallions for sweat soldering cause I would want to know exactly how much solder was in there before I went to all that trouble...especially when you can only see the edges of stuff flowing but then when I went to school there wasn't even pallions, you had to cut the little devils yourself out of sheet solder...I do like the past a lot but find that it goes bad before I use it all..... and that is another consideration......the pallions don't go bad:))) they will always be ready....I keep some of everything around. I only keep gold in sheet solder, 14,18k  I have no idea if it comes in a past:))) If it did it would have gone bad by now cause I so rarely need it.
Comment by Kathleen Faulkner on March 23, 2011 at 11:47am
I use solder paste for findings and some flat soldering.  I use the pallions on everything else.  Hope that helps.
 

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