Sunday, February 24, 2008

Soldering Fun

Had some time over the long weekend to get all the soldering stuff out and finish up some fun necklace bobbles. Some for everyday wear and a few for this summer in the Americana theme.

The things I have discovered in soldering is the importance of sal ammoniac in tinning or silvering the tips. The other is a gel flux that keeps the flux where you put it....sure keeps the flow going smooth. Speaking of smooth, I have also decided that if a person thinks their soldering is not perfect, so be it! A few bumps and varying thickness here and there gives it a handmade artie look. If you want perfect, go to a jeweler or spain or wherever.


These Americana ones are 1x1 and double sided. I will be putting these on Etsy (cheap) so head over and see.

10 comments:

mary schweitzer said...

These are great! I like the word ones best. I think about trying soldering all the time. I've got the stuff. But I am hesitant to try. Seems so complicated.
I agree with what you said about perfection. I like to know something is handcrafted.
Nice work
Mary

Altered Route said...

Thanks Mary! Get that stuff out and give it a try, it's not complicated.
Connie

Inka said...

These are fabulous Connie! What fun they would be to wear three or four at the same time. I have got to get on the job and get me some made for summer! You have inspired me once again!

Altered Route said...

Neat Idea Inka! Thanks for the nice comment!
Connie

Cindy said...

I just learned to solder about ten days ago, so I really appreciate these. They are really great. Especially love the ones with the words on them.

Altered Route said...

Good for you! It's fun isn't it! Thanks for the nice comment!
Connie

Pam Aries said...

Hi Connie! These are so cool.. Great idea! did you ever get your package from my OWOH?

Angela said...

Wonderfully done! I love them! Thanks for sharing with us!
*HUGS*

A glance at my world said...

I love the Americana necklaces! I want to learn to solder, is it very hard to do??

Lana said...

Love your jewelry! I agree about the imperfections. If it were totally perfect, no one would believe it was handmade, would they? Little imperfections give it character, really!