Soldering Jump Rings
Tools And Materials
I watched your video class a few times, orded all my supplies and it was wonderful. Thank you for helping me. I nailed it, or should I say I "soldered" it. You guys are awesome.
I am really new a this,so I watched this video and am very happy I did. this video was very clear and understandable. The items I will need are also listed, no guess work this is great! Thank-you.
Great class. One comment though. I have been working with some tiny elements in a pair of earrings. To not overwhelm the small scale of the piece, I've used 22 gauge jump rings I made myself. I'd love to see some tricks and tips you might have about using smaller gauges of wire and soldering them well. So far I've been lucky during "practice" thanks to several Beaducation classes and have solid joins and no melted rings, but sometimes gravity and the force of the torch has caused me some problems. I've been practicing with wire and paste solder and I'll bet you can supply a great number of tips to use when working with "tiny" wire gauges in smaller pieces. I could use the help.
To Robin (12/01/15): For the thin wire jump rings you made, you didn't mention if you had "work hardened" that metal after you made the jump rings. Doing that may help the jump rings be stiffer and hold their shape. I use a Beadsmith "Wire Whacker" to work harden my 24gauge wire shapes - works well. You can also use a hammer or mallet. HTH - dem
Thank you so much for this very helpful instruction! I have been afraid to attempt to solder anything and now I am confident that I can do it.
I watched the Soldering Jump Rings class today and all I can say is I was "riveted" to the screen. (Or was I "soldered?" - LOL). Great stuff! I'll watch it several more times before I do my first solder. I'm still amassing the proper tools and equipment, so it will be another couple of weeks before I'm ready. That gives me plenty of times to watch Ms Bourg's excellent classes!
Excellent class. I have always wondered how to avoid soldering your links together inadvertently and the demonstration here was really helpful.