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    Default Soldering Decoration to settings

    I have three slightly differant questions to ask you lovely folks this morning.

    The first concerns soldering gallery wire to the outside of a plain bezel wall. I'd like to solder the bearer into a hoop then put it over the bezel but where and how do I put my solder (to get it to flow around all those delicate lacy patterned bits).

    Secondly to want to solder a bit of fancy gallery on the edge of a plain strip of bezel wire to make a taller bezel setting. How to do this well? Do a need to use binding wire perhaps or maybe pin the two pieces side by side?

    Thirdly I'm putting some granules and decorative shapes on a backplate around a bezel. Is the best way to put a tiny piece of solder next to each piece then solder them all. I have read a technique where you can file solder over granules so the dust melts when heated.

    Hope you can all give me your words of wisdom

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    Dear Sheena, your unusual questions all centre around how to solder something in the neatest possible way.
    The only thing is to do the repeated and long winded experiments, maybe partly with copper until you find the best answer.
    Your questions are no longer commonplace, and you need to decide how much time you are prepared to devote for an acceptable result or possible failure.

    My immediate reaction would be to find gallery wires which can be used alone in place of bezel strip, or to contour and perforate bezel strip to imitate gallery wire. Dennis.

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    First question if I understand it correctly , I would sweat solder
    Second question really really carefully, I think it would be a major PIA
    Third question I have seen it done using the fusing method although I have never done it myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by china View Post
    First question if I understand it correctly , I would sweat solder
    Second question really really carefully, I think it would be a major PIA
    Third question I have seen it done using the fusing method although I have never done it myself
    I’m watching with interest. In the meantime, I had to Google the acronym for PIA. I’ve discovered my current making of a hinged lid for a pill box is being a right Pakistan International Airline!

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    I’ve never used it but always thought gallery wire was a stand alone for bezels and not soldered on top

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ57 View Post
    Iíve never used it but always thought gallery wire was a stand alone for bezels and not soldered on top
    That's my (limited) understanding too. The only time I used it, I fould it hard to resolve the pattern with the circumference of the cab I was setting. I rolled it as much as I could, then disguised the mismatch (or should that be mishap) with the bale.

    On the matter of the PIA of my hinge, I now have a happy face :-)

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