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    Hey all,

    Ive been making heart shapes out of wire and want to join the two ends together tidily. Does anyone know if it would be possible to use a soldering iron for this? Or any other ideas would be good thanks
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    Not sure, it's worth a try, what's the worst that can happen?

    I had a play with wire a few weeks ago, but I couldn't get it to look tidy and how I could see it in my mind, but I'm sure I could beg a soldering iron off my dad and have a go. If anybody has got any tips I'd love to hear them
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    • #3
      i did have a go at making wire shapes but they all turned into something else ( a ball of wire ) after i got p-off with it lol i just do wire wrapping now lol lots easier

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      • #4
        Heh heh that's just how I felt, there's not many things that I give up on.........but after the wire travelled the length of the room and bounced off the wall I thought it best to bury it deep in my crafty stuff!
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        • #5
          Lol, i get frustrated with it too sometimes but its going ok.. at the moment, my OH keeps finding bits all through the house from where i cut it!
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          • #6
            My excuse for not hoovering is that I don't want the little metal findings and bits and pieces to break the vax!
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            • #7
              My carpet is a veritable treasure trove of bits of wire, either from the wire itself or from trimming the ends of head/eye pins. I just have no control over where the bits fly off to. We had a friend over a few months ago, and even though he was about 6 ft away from me, I have to confess that I pinged him a couple of times with .8 and 1mm offcuts

              For some reason, my vacuum cleaner seems to miss most of them, but leaves them with sharp bits sticking out.... much to the annoyance of the rest of the family (well they have slippers, they should wear them!)
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              • #8
                Silver wire solder

                You could silver solder them. I have made chains successfully using 1mm wire and soldering them.

                I will post a photo in my labum later on this afternoon. They do look tidy when finished.

                Hope that helps

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                Sandra


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                • #9
                  I think soldering would be the only way to get that tidy look. Otehr wise you just have to wrap it. Iv done a couple of heart pendants without soldering. Il look up some pics.
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                    • #11
                      I make a heart pendant with 2mm wire which I bend into shape. I cross over the two ends at bottom of heart and hammer them so that the top wire sinks into the bottom wire. I then solder them with silver solder and a torch. Once pickled, I file off excess wire and solder. I then planish the whole thing with a hammer to texture it. I then solder a small jump ring onto the back at an angle for the snake chain to go through. This Christmas this has been really popular.
                      Best wishes
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                      • #12
                        Man i cant wait for my silversmith course so i can learn to solder!!
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                        • #13
                          Ive used metal tube beads to join wire, you just have to make sure the internal size of the tube bead matches the wire your using, and incorperate the bead into your design

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                          • #14
                            easy way to solder

                            Hi,

                            Make sure the wire is silver, then buy paste solder, and use a blow torch (the sort you use for caramelising in cooking) gas cans are only about £2.50 to replace, and wire and solder paste can be found at

                            cooksons jewellery supplies website

                            hope it helps

                            Jo

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                            • #15
                              Thank you all for your help if bought a soldering iron off eBay just so I can give it ago it will take some trial and error I think.. I'll feed back my results. Thanks agen ps the pics are lush!!
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