Monday, December 29, 2008

It's Fluxing Success!


YAY! I finally successfully soldered a few of my cabs and added a little bit of wire "filigree." I made the cabs - one is a painted bead that had rough beadholes so I slumped it into a cab. The other cab is a made of glass "shorts" that was fused and ground into a square shape.

I must admit that adding the filigree was the hardest part - I think I need an extra hand to do it again! LOL! I used a bench clamp to hold the piece while I added the filigree.

If you solder jewelry, how do you hold the piece so you can solder on a jump ring or other decoration?

12 comments:

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Hooray Cindy! I have no talent in this department. good for you.
Marcy

Fab Fibers said...

I've haven't tried soldering yet.
But I think those pieces are beautiful.

Jennifer Cameron said...

Great job! Cabs would be difficult to solder, but with filigree? Yikes!

rosebud101 said...

I've tried soldering, not successfully yet, but I honestly think you need about 12 hands to accomplish the task.

Deb said...

And Fluxing brilliant they look too Cindy. I haven't attacked anything with a soldering torch ....yet. I have a feeling the air around me may turn a rather interesting colour when I do.

You pieces are just wonderful though - I'm loving the additional detail. Clever lady :o)

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Marcy,

Thanks! After much failure it's good to have success! But then I think the failure is called "practice." LOL!

Cindy

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks, Fab! Try it, you'll like it!

Cindy

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, it can be very hard and I wanted to skip a learning step and do round ones! Call me impatient? :-)

Cindy

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Mallory,

Yes! That's how you feel, like you've gotta have 12 hands to do it! :-)

Cindy

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Deb,

Thank you! I couldn't resist it anymore - I'd had the soldering iron for a bit and wasn't getting to it - the cabs I make everytime I have a favorite bead that goes bad and I can't bear to part with it! By bad I mean a beadhole that's a little rough - I don't grind the holes at all so what to do? slump 'em!

Try it out - it opens up other possibilities for your work.

Cindy

Sweetwater Designs said...

Those turned out really nice Cindy..
I'm sure you've got this worked out now ~and I'm no expert! but I find that if you first ready your fluxed finding in a pair of cross lock tweezers and set aside while you put your solder on the piece your fastening the finding to and heat into a little puddle. Attach your finding and heat again while holding in place until set. voila...:)

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Sweetwater,

Thanks for the tip - I never say I can't use one! :-)

Cindy