Wednesday, October 21, 2009

fusing fine silver

My fingers are killing me.  I've spent the last 3 hour in my basement studio fusing fine silver rings together on bracelets and earrings.  I love being able to use the torch without the fuss of solder.  The fine silver just melts and fuses together.  I am getting pretty good to this, but my fingers still hurt from opening and closing rings and trying to get them to fit together just right.  Plus I did a lot of cleaning up my PMC fresh from the kiln with a brass brush.  It's not exactly easy on the hands.  Oh well, I gave up on manicures years ago.

Here is a glimpse of a link bracelet and some really sweet periwinkle earrings. I am also experimenting with Jewish star earrings.....not sure about them.


PeculiarForest said...

I never realised you could just fuse fine silver together, I learn something new everyday :)

Rachel Kranzberg Miller said...

Yes, just try it sometimes, it's super easy to do. All you need is a small butane torch and kiln brick or any nonflamable surface. Just set up things like you would to solder them but no need to use any solder or nasty flux or pickle. I'm sure there are some tutorials able how to do this online. Here is one from artist Anne Mitchell.