Solder comes in a few different forms. Wire, sheet, and pallions (pre-cut squares) are the ones everyone knows about, and paste is the one everyone has questions about. In this post I’ll clarify what solder paste is, what the advantages are, and how to use it.
What Is Solder Paste?
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There are many different types of soldering boards, blocks, and surfaces. How do you know which one to start out with, and which one to use for each soldering task? Each type has its own purpose and function while soldering. There are two main categories of soldering board: ones that reflect heat back into your metal, and ones that draw heat out of your metal. The boards that reflect heat are often softer, more crumbly, and good for soldering medium to larger pieces like bezels, hollow construction rings, and sculptural pieces. Reflecting-type boards include charcoal, Magnesium, and Calcium silicate. Boards that draw heat out of your metal are more durable and dense, and good for annealing all sizes of work, and for soldering small elements that will melt if they get too hot. These boards include ceramic, firebrick, honey comb, and pumice stones.
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Hammers, are not a commonly reviewed item, which I really don’t understand. Like most metal workers I am a hammer junkie and have a collection of them. I recently added our new Goldsmiths hammer to my arsenal and it has quickly become my favorite.
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Every now and then you come across something that you wonder how you ever did without. The Bench Combo Kit is one such item and one is now happily living on my bench. At Seattle Findings we call it “one of the best investments you can have” and this is so true! I am really happy with it.
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The new year is upon us, and 2014 is the perfect time to revisit some of the most popular jewelry trends of the last year. Here are three of our favorites that don’t show any signs of stopping. We’re confident that they’ll keep on trending right through the year.
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What is one of the causes of a “rippling or jagged” effect around an inside cutting edge in a Gypsy or Flush setting? How can this be avoided?
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Here are some new innovative gemstone setting tips developed from old setting methods:
◾resharpen the high-speed steel setting burr
◾create a diamond receptacle for benches and desktops
◾use the half-round burr for Cabochon bezel frames
◾ remove excess gold beside claws in engagement four-claw settings
◾clean customer’s diamonds with embedded dirt
◾place an oil receptacle permanently on your bench.
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It seems at times that women have all the fun in the jewelry world. But there are many projects that can be made for the men’s jewelry market, as well. While it may not be the standard necklaces and earrings jewelry makers can still create unique projects by creating tie tacks, cuff links, rings, and pins.
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Talented artisans often make fine jewelry to sell at online or brick-and-mortar stores. Specialists create expensive bracelets, earrings and necklaces from rare gemstones including emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Jewelry designers fasten gemstones in attractive settings made of precious metals such as silver, platinum and gold. Many individuals study jewelry making at universities or training schools. Both women and men enjoy wearing jewelry items such as wedding rings. Depending on its style, a jewelry item might be appropriate for everyday wear or special occasions. Anyone interested in being a professional jewelry maker can contact schools about learning this art.
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