FIRE!! Yo, yo yo! Yes, we finally got to play with fire. The basics of firecoating, flux and soldering all were incorporated into practical use by teaching ring sizing and assembly of heads to shanks. A refresher in flame types was a good reminder as I often run my flame way too hot. Hence, the melting queen. Blaine uses Hoover and Strong's flux and it is da' BOMB! I have been suffering through with Handy Flux and Batterns for years. Why? Again. Why?? This flux actually REMOVES oxidides from the surface when heated. Never going back. Nu-uh. Can't make me.
I have sized rings before but have a slight phobia as my first sizing I ever did, didn't go so well...That's another story for another day but it kind of shied me away from sizing for a decade. Sizing techniques taught this week really made sense and had a certain logic to them that will apply across the board to many styles of rings.
Some solitaire assembly, three stone an shank assembly rounded out the fire section of week two. Blaine's ability to explain the process in a humorous and witty manner has made the days fly by these past two weeks. Looking forward to stone setting starting tomorrow!
Metalsmithing maven and mind behind Renee Ford Metals. I make the plain look interesting with fire, hammers & cool tools.