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Pleas Help with my Chain


About this design:

I did this chain from wire today, but I want to close th rings. How? Dad has diff. torches???
The chain is going to be part of a necklace.

Components:

Hardware copperwire

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  1. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    You are way beyond my abilities – Probably get an answer from Arja. She seems to be able to work with the torches, etc. However, I CAN say that this is really great. What did you use to form the circles?

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    K H says:

    First of all, I want to say that you have created a mighty fine looking chain!!!!!!!

    It’s been awhile since I have done soldering, but I know that you will need copper solder and a substance called flux, which makes the solder stick to the metal and form a bond. You will also need some chemicals to clean the metal before you solder (dirt can prevent bonding) and after (because the metal will be covered with a sooty-like substance if you use a torch. It may be advisable to use a soldering iron, which is kinda like a glue gun. The first place I would go is the local bead shop (LBS) They may have what you need, and they may even have studio space for you to work under their supervision. Other places to go for some advice are the local hardware store (some clerks are happy to help artists, other, well, not so much. I might also call the art department at the local community college, as community colleges are suppose to be intested in educating the community and not just those people within their ivy-covered campus.

  3. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you sweethearts!

    Linda I used a pen for the big ones plus a hammer to make the wire harder… and a round plier or what they are called… for the small ones

    Thank you soo much KH your answer is really helpful!! I have to check what we have in swe, our shops are not as equipped as yours (maybe I have to start a own :) ) but I will find something otherwise I order some stuff from the USA :)

  4. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    One of my local bead shops has metal working classes – not sure what your local shop is like – but the classes here are not cheap. I have eavesdropped on the classes when browsing and they always are using and recommending the butane type torches rather than soldering irons because the soldering irons do not get hot enough. I have begun researching metalworking but have not taken the plunge because of what appears to be a rather large investment in tools and supplies.

    And KH was right there is stuff called flux, some sort of pickling solution, all sorts of clamps, doodads, and whatnot…

    Do not let me discourage you on giving a soldering iron a whirl, for all I know it will work. Just wanted to let you know what I have been “hearing” ;-)

  5. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you Leigh dear!

  6. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    A couple of years ago I used a clear gel to secure some jumprings but I can’t find the name of it. Your LBS might know. It was sort of messy until I go the hang of it but seemed to hold. Maybe someone else has more experience with this they could share.

  7. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you dear Harmony!

  8. Arja A
    Arja A says:

    Linda, I do not have any experience from soldering copper with copper solder. Only soldering I have done is soldering copper with pewter ( when I was doing tiffany glass). it can be done by iron but peweter is different color than copper and you can’t patinate both with same chemicals ( when doing tiffany glass you are covering all the copper with pewter).
    Hopeasavi.fi is selling something what they are calling soldering paste to all metalls. Needs low temperature. I do have that but never tryed :(
    Please let us know how did you solve that problem with those large jumprings.

  9. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you Arja dear!!

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Frida, what a beautiful chain you’ve created! Wish I could help with your situation, but I have NO experience with this…..Lorrie/Bubbly Chick/Mommykat works with this sort of thing — maybe you could message her about it. :D

  11. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    What a beautiful chain! Good luck with the soldering. This is going to be a fun necklace to make. Can’t wait to see the completed piece.

  12. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank u darlings!!

    Lorrie where are u???? :D

  13. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    I have not done soldering yet either…. that’s my next thing I want to get in to…. let us know how it turns out…. Your chain looks great !!!!

  14. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thanx Violet dear!

  15. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Hi Frida! Just saw this- what a wonderful chain you have here. Great job on your circles.

    First let me say KH & Leigh did a great job of mentioning the tools you would use…however I have one more thing- copper tape. You can get it here in the states from a stained glass supplier, or the home & garden section of some depot stores (they use as slug repellant)
    I use copper tape to form the connection, and then apply flux ( flux comes in paste or liquid- paste should be applied w/ a brush, I prefer liquid- and I use a small bottle to spray it)
    Here they sell special soldering irons for jewelers, but I suppose a traditional one might work. I like the idea of a torch. (fire can be fun) but be careful. Good Ventilation, heat proof work surface are both necessary for a torch.
    Delphi Glass has a website, should have copper tape, flux, & soldering iron- but I do not know if they are international.
    Frida Good luck!!!!! I know you will figure it out!!

  16. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Ok, I checked- yes delphi Glass does ship internationally

  17. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you so much Lorrie darling, and that tape I must check out!!!

  18. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    I think if you hang anything from the chain the glue wouldn’t work, you would have to salder. Don’t let that intimidate you, I used to do a lot of soldering when I did stain glass. JUST PRACTISE A LITTLE FIRST! Good luck, such a pretty chain.

  19. Joyce M
    Joyce M says:

    Nice chain! Haven’t tried soldering, but know that they have solder with a flux core. Should be able to get soldering gun and copper solder at any type of hardware/plumbing repair store. I bought one, just haven’t tried to use it yet. Wasn’t too expensive.
    Whatcha gonna do with the chain???? That’s what I want to see!!!

  20. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Thank you Harmony and Joyce darlings!

    Thank you everybody for all help I really appreciate every tip I gett!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Great, informative conversation and cool chain!!

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