How much solder or gold solder should you use for jewelry making?
This is a question that comes up in every class I’ve taught. How much is too much? The true answer is that less is better.Continue reading Silver Soldering Basics – How much silver or gold solder should you use for jewelry making?
Prevent fire scale from forming on your jewelry after you solder.
One of the best ways to prevent fire scale is to mix a fire coating that you will dip your jewelry into before soldering. It is made up of boric acid and isopropyl alcohol. In the past people would use denatured alcohol.
Please be advised denatured alcohol can be dangerous. When it is burned, breathing in the toxic fumes is very hard for your body to process. Over time the toxins can build up in your system and cause serious health issues.
This is why I use 91 proof isopropyl alcohol. It burns clean and is much less dangerous. That’s my little health tip.
Here are my recipes for the fire coating mix.Continue reading Are you using the right Fire Coating for Soldering?