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INSIDER Trade Tips | Soldering onto Curved Surfaces

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Soldering adjacent jewellery components together and directly onto a curved surface can be very tricky particularly when absolute precision is required.

Jeweller Alexis Sanghera from Bonnie Magpie Jewellery has created the video below to demonstrate her effective solution. In this instance 18k gold and silver components needed to be soldered onto the curved surface of a ring shank.

This video below demonstrates a clever technique that reduces the risk of movement during soldering that can happen using traditional support tools such as clamps, binding wire or soldering block pegs.

This method also offers an alternative to changing the original structures to create interlocking sections or adding metal pegs and notches to aid soldering.

The material used to support the components and shank is casting clay, which can be reused once the burned material is discarded.

Alexis Sanghera

Our thanks to Jeweller Alexis Sanghera for her “Insider Tip” and for giving us permission to share her video.

You can find out more about Alexis and her Bonny Magpie Jewellery brand here:

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Image and video credit: Alexis Sanghera

About the author

Dawn Meaden-Johnson is the Director and Founder of The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company. She has 25 years’ experience working in the Jewellery Industry including at Signet Retail Jewellers and almost 10 Years at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery during which time she has worked extensively with national and international clients whilst managing their Short Course Programme.

A graduate Silversmith of Birmingham School of Jewellery, Dawn still occasionally creates limited edition contemporary jewellery under the brand Dawnstorm, specialising in the use of anodised aluminium in jewellery.

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