afmetalsmith (afmetalsmith) wrote,

Also done today: Made a white gold jump ring and got it ready for soldering into a loop on a pendant. This is my first work with nickel white gold, I think, and it behaved fine. I'm not really a fan of it; if I must have white gold, I prefer the palladium alloy. The solder is plumb but easy, roughly similar to hard silver solder, so the soldering should go OK. I just didn't want to turn on the torch set-up and the pickle pot for one tiny thing!

The rest was more clean-up and prep stuff. I got the stuff from making a mold of a wax carving put away, and replaced the 6 different grit sanding disks on their respective mandrels, since they were completely worn out. Since I use them wet, the adhesive they come with doesn't work so I have to use contact cement.

And I finished sanding/grinding the cloisonne smiley, so he's ready for the fire-polishing tomorrow when I have the kiln on for the plique.

Pretty soon I'll get going on some photo editing...

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