Taking Risks
by Susan LeGuyader
Let me set the stage.... I had just finished my pendant. Final sanding, polishing and patina. As I sat there contemplating the next step, which originally had been a wire wrapped beaded link chain. And I realized that I did NOT want to do that. It was not the right way to finish this necklace. I wanted to make a handmade paper clip chain for it instead.
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What was I going to do? I've already added patina to the pendant!!!! I tried several different bail options, but the soldering was still going to be the issue. I couldn't change the bail I already had, a jump ring, with a bail and solder it, so close to the pendant
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I then remembered that I had soldering grain and a casting bowl.
So, I buried the chain and pendant in the bottom of the bowl upside down, under the soldering grain, with the new jump ring sticking up out of the grain.
Susan LeGuyader's Taking Risks - , General Education, , taking risks
Susan LeGuyader's Taking Risks - , General Education, , taking risks
I used a small, hot flame (Smith Acetylene/Air torch with 0 tip), easy solder and lots of flux. I kept the flame on top of the ring, moving down to "kiss" the jump ring to heat it enough to flow the solder. IT WORKED!!!! I was so happy. I was imagining all of the things that could go wrong.
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As you can see from Photo 5, it did not even affect the patina I had on the pendant. Please be careful in attempting this technique. Especially if you have the pendant set like I did. I believe it worked out for me because the stone was elevated, it was facing down in the soldering grain and I did not attempt to heat the whole bowl, just the jump ring. This is a very risky operation and should be thought about twice before proceeding and accepting the consequences if something goes wrong but also... nothing ventured, nothing gained. We learn from trying and failing.
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Materials

19 Gauge Round Half Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire
H4-19H
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 feet
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  • Price: $30.51
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Tools

Silver Solder Paste Medium SS70 - 1/4 T.O.
SOL-822.15
  • SOL-822.15
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  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $18.95
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Single 3rd Hand with Tweezer and Base
HOL-165.00
  • HOL-165.00
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  • Price: $18.97
  • Gold Club Price: $14.23
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education