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  • How do I go about making a ring, well more the soldering part really?

    Ok, I really want to have a go at making my own rings. I'm on the hunt for a soldering iron or might be adopting one that used to be my grandads, I've found a supplier to buy the ring bands and settings from, all I need to know now is how to attach them together without melting them into oblivion or making them look black!

    To start with I just want to try Silver rings purely because of price and the fact that its a bit softer than gold.

    So what do you do?
    Is it just a case of melting a bit of silver and then sticking it in between the setting and band or do you have to get the ring, setting and solder all together at once (if that makes any sense).

    Any help would be very much appreciated

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    It's a little complicated. the best thing to do would read up on it either buy a book or go to your local library and see what they have in.
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    • #3
      So would I be a bit daft to go ahead and have a little play then?

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      • #4
        The main problem is going to be the type of solder - it has to be a lower melting point than the ring silver i.e. softer. You can't just use an electric soldering iron, you'll need a torch that will deliver at least 1300 degrees C, and flux, and a clean, non greasy joint on the ring. Yep, I think you could say it comes with a learning curve!

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        • #5
          So it safe to say with temperatures like that, I'm going to need a good book

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          • #6
            Id recomend going on a silversmithig course if you can.
            A book can only do so much.
            I was petrified of the sodlering torch, felt happier having people around me.You can get 3 differnt types of solder that melt at different temperatures which hep with multiple joins.
            Youd need a heat resistant surface to work on too.
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            • #7
              right. I need to start searching then.
              I'm so excited about doing it!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Applejack View Post
                right. I need to start searching then.
                I'm so excited about doing it!
                Hehe, Im glad.Its a very satisfying feeling when you have the finished item.I made a plain silver ring on the course I went on, admittedly the teacher had to do most of the work on it to correct my mistakes but the end result is fab.
                Youl need a buffer type thing to buff up any black bits on the metal, also a pickler(does summit to the metal)and a cleaning barrel.Not sure if these names are right but Im sure youl work it out.

                Oh and if you need supplies go to www.cooksongold.com
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                • #9
                  Thanks Seahorse.

                  Cooksons was the site I had been looking at. I'm hopefully getting some vouchers for their for xmas too so that will help a bit.

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