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Pewter Ring making
Again I was asked for some advice and found it easier to do a step by step, hope it helps others. Soldering a pewter ring. See link.

Posted by Rebecca Skeels. from Farnham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Rebecca Skeels.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pewter strip. Pewter can be bought as sheet, tube or bar. It is a low melting soft metal.

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pewter is very soft and textures really nicely, it also scratches, so if its jewellery keep this in mind!

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 3
    Step 3

    It bends easily too, you can't anneal it in the normal way, but we found putting in boiling water softens it when it has work hardened.

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 4
    Step 4

    Measure and cut it in the same way that you normally do. Keep your tools separate... pewter can 'contaminate' silver, even a spec of dust could eat a hole into your silver.... (controlled this may be exciting... unexpected its a nightmare!)

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 5
    Step 5

    Flux with pewter flux, remember to wash brushes and hands after use, avoid skin contact with the flux! And wash it off your work afterwards!

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 6
    Step 6

    The join needs to have no gaps and the metal needs to be clean. For this demo I will use a pallion of silver but....

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 7
    Step 7

    I usually stick feed with pewter work

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 8
    Step 8

    Heat carefully, you don't need to heat the whole thing only where the join is! Like 'normal' soldering the solder flows towards the heat. Here the solder has just started to melt.

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is when I stopped heating, it took a matter of seconds, I am literally taking the heat away as this picture was taken.

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 10
    Step 10

    Clean up as normal, remember the metal is soft so will clean up fast, avoid anything too harsh. Remember it is 'sticky' so clogs up tools and papers fast. Remember don't use your tools you use on silver!!

  • How to make jewelry. Soldering A Textured Pewter Ring - Step 11
    Step 11

    finish, we found polishing with shammy leather with brasso or rouge is good, polishing machines will remove metal too fast and create lines if you are not careful. Textures are good.

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