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Q.
I understand the basics of soldering a jumpring, but everything I've read and watched shows soldering a jumpring by itself. I need to use soldered jumprings to permanently close a piece. In other words there will be closures and beadwork on either side of the jumpring I am soldering. How do I solder this jumpring without damaging my work?
- Karen
A.
Solder a sterling silver jumpring independently of the beadwork as soldering close to your beadwork could result in damaging the materials and creating a hazard for you (glass or gemstone materials could shatter from the heat). You can, however solder the jumprings to your findings which would then give you a "closed" element to work your beadwork from.

The order should be:
  • Choose a sterling silver clasp without a steel mechanism, such as a box clasp, S-hook or toggle clasp.
  • Add a suitably sized clean open jumpring to the clasp and close securely for soldering. Prepare another ring for the other side of the clasp.
  • Solder the jumprings individually with silver solder, flux and a butane torch, directing the heat to the rings only.*
  • Clean the jumprings with pickle to remove oxides and polish the jumprings and clasp to bring back the shine.
  • Add your finished beadwork with Accu-Flex┬« professional-quality beading wire and crimps or needle and thread directly to the soldered jumprings and clasp.
*Note: Use caution and follow safety procedures when working with an open flame, chemicals and particularly good ventilation.

- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador

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