Thursday, August 4, 2011

My first soldered jump ring

My first soldered jump ring
Originally uploaded by Zoeowyn
I felt the need to learn to solder today, right this minute.
Actually its a need thats been growing, after all Ive owned the equipment for a while. I just never really had the need. Until the bracelet I wanted to wear started to fall part under its own weight. The links just pulled away from each other at their closing points.

Well I did not want to have all the work on the piece be for naught, so I decided I would solder all those pesky links together. And I did!

It wasn't nearly as hard as I had anticipated. of course developing skill and getting nice clean joins will take practice. But I can totally see how this soldering thing can be so addictive. The way the metal flows, its really nifty.

I was good I did purchase an iron stand for today, and I did wear my googles.

from the top
I'm soldering
one of my joints
theres an octopus in the middle
all the links


Seavbeach Designs said...

These pics are fantastic! Great job! I love your soldering tools and station.

WillowTree said...

That is one really interesting sculptural piece. Great post.

Janie said...

You can use a soldering iron to solder jumprings? I didn't know that. I've been avoiding it because I thought it would be to much of a pain with the torch. Thanks for posting about it!