How to Solder a Jump Ring on Jewelry

How to Solder a Jump Ring on Jewelry


Soldering jump rings closed is a basic skill
in jewelry manufacturing and repair. Here we discuss gold and sterling silver jump rings.
If you need to solder brass or other base metal rings, low temperature solders and soldering
techniques would be used. There are two methods available to deposit
the solder into the joint: applying paste solder or placing a snippet of solder in the
joint using a solder pick. The smaller the jump ring, the more difficult
depositing the solder on the joint becomes, as we do not want the solder to flow anywhere
outside of the joint. Note that very little solder is needed to
close a jump ring! This guide covers the typical task of adding
a jump ring and a clasp to a chain tab. The tools needed are:
Two flat nose or needle nose pliers Jump Rings
Firecoat Flux
Solder or Solder paste A Solder pad
A Soldering torch A Soldering Pick
Interlocking tweezers A pickling solution
Eye Protection And Optionally, polishing tools The first step will be to assemble the pieces
together. Using your pliers, gently twist the jump ring open sideways just enough to
allow it to slip onto the tab and the clasp. After installing the parts needed, twist the
jump ring back together so the seam is totally closed. Due to gold and silver having ‘memory’,
or the desire to maintain a position, you will probably need to over close the joint,
slightly past where the joint is aligned, and allow the metal to spring back a bit for
a perfect join. There should be a slight tension holding the seam closed, soldering is not
made to bridge gaps. Next, firecoat the piece wherever it will
be heated, to learn more about this process, check out this article: Soldering 101. Fire
coating will prevent heat damage to affected parts of the chain and clasp. In this case,
we will firecoat the jump ring and about one inch of the chain with the tab and clasp. After the firecoat is covering the parts that
will be exposed to heat, apply the flux. Only to the area where you want the solder to flow.
No flux is needed if you are using soldering paste, because it is already mixed into the
compound. The next step will be to apply your solder
to the joint. We will cover the two most common options, and whichever type of solder you
choose, remember, the joint must be as isolated as possible from the rest of the piece. This
is to make sure the torch doesn�t melt or discolor unwanted parts of the chain. Either rest the chain on your solder-pad with
the joint on top, or use an interlocking tweezers to hold it in position to apply your torch
flame. If you choose to use the solder pick technique,
the first step will be to heat the piece of solder on your solder pad until it balls up.
Pick it up on the end of your solder pick, and then place it directly on the seam of
your jump ring as you are heating it. Heat the jump ring until the solder flows evenly
throughout the seam. The heat from your flame will draw the solder to where you want it.
Solder flows towards the hottest point. If you use Paste Solder – apply the paste
solder directly to the joint and gently heat until the solder flows into the seam. The next step will be to pickle the work and
then rinse it in water. Lastly, you may choose to polish the newly soldered portion of the
jump ring. Usually very little polishing is needed; a hard rubber wheel is usually sufficient
to brighten up the small amount of solder used. You can now enjoy wearing your jewelry with
pride, knowing that you made it yourself. For more jewelry making guides, visit Esslinger.com�s
learning center today.

8 Comments

  1. Learn basic jewelry repair with our “How To” videos.  This week’s featured video demonstrates the most common methods for soldering jump rings.   #makejewelry   #jewelryrepair  
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  2. On the two examples of melting the solder, the solder doesn't melt into the seam. You should be looking for a nearly cherry red metal, and a white shiny line around the joint, that means the solder has flowed through the joint, and chemical bonded with the metal on both sides. If this doesn't happen, then its not hot enough or there is a gap.

  3. Good Video,,,Just one thing ,,,when you sell something in America,,,is it sold or is it sod,,, as solder seems to be sodder over there,, just sayin,,,

  4. Is there any such thing as brass soldering paste or brass soldering wire when soldering brass to brass to make its coler match by it being all brass instead of using silver solder on brass joins

  5. I want to solder brass to brass for jewellery making so it matches and can't find any info on this topic, l am very confused :

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