Post by salvatorepaul on Sept 27, 2015 19:57:00 GMT -6
I am not up to par on wire wrapping , other than that, I am more or less a master metalsmith, intimately acquainted with brass, bronze , silver, gold copper steel and platinum. If anyone has any questions on those metals in any regard,mfeel free to pick my brain. Post a response here, a new thread, or a direct message. I'll do as much as can be done to help you through the issue Sal
Post by salvatorepaul on Sept 28, 2015 23:12:40 GMT -6
Truth be told Cat, if any of you can get here the course is on me. Hehe. I'm actually trying to secure a small side business as a metalworking instructor (particularly soldering and engraving) The position is waiting for me at Studio jewelers where I studied. My working knowledge of the subject is more than proficient, however my ability as a instructor is iffy at best. I tend to over complicate simplistic things while also over simplifying complicated things lol so I need practice students for that lol
Post by salvatorepaul on Oct 1, 2015 23:22:56 GMT -6
Of course that would be the most efficient method. But at the same token, there is still much that can be utilized. For instance if you are having a stone setting or soldering issue. Describe it to me and I can send you a few screen shots from the countless volumes of text I have, recommend specific tools, and even recreate the build over here and film how I would try to accomplish.
Hi Sal..I thought I would take you up on your offer to help! I'm working on a bracelet with a couple of bezeled components. I've been having issues with some of my cabs falling out after Ive set them so am trying to figure out where Im going wrong. You can see the height of the wire to the cab in the pic here. If you have any guidance at this point I'd much appreciate. My thought is I'd better sand that high point on the left side way down..to where though? even with or lower than the cab point in that spot? Should bezel height be about where it is on the right end?
The desired end result would be a fine silver studded copper bangle.
I drilled holes in a strip of 2 mm thick copper sheeting, used lengths of 2 cm 18 ga fine silver wire and balled up one side,, slid the unballed sides through my holes in the copper, used some flux and tried to ball up. Normally the balling up happens really quickly but to my amazement which turned into frustration 10 min later, nothing happened. I assume the copper is a kind of heat sink, I also tried to get the strip red hot and than concentrated onto the fine silver but to no avail. Am I overlooking something?
Post by salvatorepaul on Nov 9, 2015 18:51:55 GMT -6
Deborah, I think the issue maybe simply one of missing tension. If that is the finished product, I can state absolutely why they fall out, they are only seated, not set. After you get to the the point above,you still need to flush the bezel over the stone using either a bezel rocker or prong pusher. I'll post a pic , brb
Post by salvatorepaul on Nov 9, 2015 18:59:10 GMT -6
Now Sylvia, this is either a dirt, heat, or sanding issue. Either way I can absolutely help, can u post a pic though. I have 2 visions of your design based on how you described it. Both have different causes and solutions. .
Post by salvatorepaul on Nov 9, 2015 19:00:46 GMT -6
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