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Thread: How to make a cage - Part 1

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    Default Soldering - preparing the post -1

    Before soldering, the solder needs to be fluxed - I use a paint brush



    The target for the solder - in this case the centre post also needs to be fluxed



    Heat the solder so it's just molten ready for picking up with the pick


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    Default Soldering - 2

    Pick the solder up with the tip of your soldering pick



    Place it gently on the target area while heating the target - NOT the solder!



    Once placed continue heating the area to ensure the solder flows.


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    Default Soldering the post to the base - 3

    Now that we have a post with hard solder on the end, we are ready to attach it to the 0.4mm fine silver base,
    hold the soldered end of the post on the base heating the base NOT the post.



    When the base gets hot enough for the Hard solder to melt, the post will suddenly drop as the solder flows -
    Remove the flame immediately and let go of the post - it is firmly attached.



    This results in a really neat job, without solder all over the base.



    Now all we've got to do is solder all the bits together!


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    This is just brilliant... Your photos make everything so clear! Thanks for sharing this all with us.

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    I'm loving this tutorial. So many skills I want to learn.
    Anne

    Feel the fear, and do it anyway!
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    Brilliant, Wol, just brilliant. The step-by-step pics are better than any of the text books I have here because they break down to each part of the procedure. Thank you.
    Di x

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    I'm loving these installments - thank you!

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    This is a great tutorial, thanks so much
    Lorraine

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    Just the last(?) bit to see and then we can all have a go! Somehow I think soldering 8 legs on to flat disc is going to be a bit challenging (knowing me there is no way they are all going to be the exact right length etc). Anyone up for it?

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    I'd love to give it a go...I'm just lacking 95% of the necessary equipment...and 95% of the necessary skills!! Not that such minor considerations usually stops me!!

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