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  • Do you solder jump rings?

    Hi, at present I don't solder the jump rings that I attach to jewellery pendants, but should I be soldering them, to make sure they don't come off in the future?

    To solder or not to solder, that is my question!
    Debbie

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    I dont solder them,I just do my best to make sure the ends ar as close to each other as possible.
    Soldering such a small thing seems too fiddly and time consuming plus Im not too good at soldering so may look untidy.
    If you want to solder theres nothing to say you cant, its up to you really.
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    • #3
      A good jump ring shouldn't need soldering. Try to avoid using very thin wire guages, or too large a ring though.
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      • #4
        You could add a drop of epoxy resin for extra security.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by baines View Post
          You could add a drop of epoxy resin for extra security.
          Oh no!

          Not only is that really bad from a fabrication point of view, but it never works either

          A well cut jump ring (with nice flush edges) in the right size and closed properly, will do the job perfectly all by itself.
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          • #6
            i've been doing quite a bit of chainmaile with rings numbering in the hundreds, but I solder every one!

            I have a water torch which i use for the jump rings, very small, very hot flame. but it does help if you keep the silver clean and well fluxed.

            I stop and pickle often, to keep the open rings clean

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            • #7
              Thanks everyone, glad others don't solder, as I really don't enjoy that side of things, its abit too nimble for me.

              Witchford - You must have the patience of a saint to do that!


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              • #8
                It actually depends upon circumstances. If the jump ring attaches something in an earring for an example then you don't need too much caution because the weight expectable to bear upon is small. Same thing for a light bracelet, but there you might want to secure it against being hooked accidentally by various things. I always solder jump rings used for necklaces, especially heavy ones. I had one situation when a client had the necklace slightly hooked and all the beads went spread on her whole room let alone the focal element was almost ruined.

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