Monday, July 02, 2012

First Fuchsia Earrings Completed

The fuchsias worked perfectly. I had feared that the fine (26 gauge) beaded wire stamens might heat too quickly and not fuse well, but there was no issue with that. The only problem was movement of some elements. When the flux bubbles up on initial heating, small pieces often move. It's more a matter of training myself to be patient and check every little detail. Anything that moves has to be patiently moved back into position with a solder pick while simultaneously heating with a torch to make the flux fluid at high temperature. There's some skill involved, of which I am not yet the master. More earrings should help with that!

©2012 Vickie Hallmark
fine silver fuchsias and leaves
fused to Argentium sheet and wire