Soldering Silver for Making Jewelry: Part 2
So right now, what I will end up doing is I will, I always do kind of start with a circular motion on the larger piece, starting from the back side and bringing the heat towards up to the front. The metal's not really going to change color like you would really see it, you know with other metals. But as you can tell right now, that well, if you can see well enough, that the line that we placed here is not there anymore. You can say that a little bit of the part has already, it starts turning a little yellow. And then the flowing starts now. You pull back the heat and you hold onto the bale, because you need it to quickly cool. So if you were to move while that solder is still in it's molten shape, it would not be good. So with a torch you, you have to always be conscious that you have it in your hand, always. And for safety measures you always start out the same way you came in. If you came in with gas and then oxygen, you come out with oxygen turning off which is green. And the red is the gas, and then you turn it off and replace it on the torch handle. So there you have it. There's your piece right here. And usually what I end up doing is I really check to see if the solder flowed all around both of the base, and it did, it did beautifully. And then I have a little small container of water over here, and I just quench it. And you never want to touch the piece when the torch is off of it, because if its hot, believe me, you'll do it a few times. So, as you can see the piece right here, has a little bit of fire scale on it, but if we didn't put the special flex on it, and the borax on it, you would see a much darker color, both front and back.