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December 6th, 2007

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09:35 pm
Ahh. There's nothing like a good, exciting, action-packed DVD.

And by that I mean the one on Russian Filigree, which a friend and I watched almost all of today. We watched 4 of the 5 projects. We browsed the gallery of pieces (only complaint there: not enough in them!). We watched the segments on materials. We discussed all of this. Such fun!

I'm looking forward to trying some of the projects, at least to one degree or another. Very nifty! And we both got all sorts of ideas for other things we can do with the techniques.

However, we are going to make do, for now, without the special solder formula she recommends. While I have decent ventilation, I am not confident enough of its power to want to make a solder that involves molten zinc inside. That will have to wait for weather warm enough to do it OUTSIDE. Zinc fumes are very nasty indeed.

I was pleased, though, that she did make a point of ventilation- along with things like masks and safety goggles. Although I think that if one is twisting wire that one rather expects to break at some point, one really ought to wear safety goggles. Just sayin'.

Still- excellent video- well-filmed and informative and very inspiring!
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:December 7th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
It is a great video.

Want to split an order of mossy zinc? So far I've only found it in pound quantities and that's a real load.

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Date:December 7th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I'm interested! Are you making the solder, too?

Any idea how much it'll cost? but yeah, I'm definitely interested. Thanks! I was wondering where on earth to get the zinc!

I was intrigued by her approach to the polishing- leaving the filigree a matte white and polishing the frame. Cool! I'mm have to try that. So far I've been putting the things in the tumbler and then rouging them. While I do love the sparkle that gets, this approach sounds interesting!
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Date:December 7th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yea, my wife wants some of the solder to try.

The zinc is $65-70 per 500g container.

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Date:December 8th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Sounds good. I'll go in for half, or less if that works for you- I don't need that much (but I expect you don't either!). No rush with it, either, because even though I've got pretty decent ventilation, ain't no way I'm melting zinc inside, period, so it'll have to wait for spring- or the January thaw, if I get ambitious. :)

I'll add that I've been getting good results with filigree using plain hard solder on sterling (I use wire solder, roll it out in my rolling mill to as thin as I can get it, and cut wee little chips), and powdered eutectic if I'm going to use it for plique. The eutectic is really brittle, though, so I don't recommend it in general. The hard works great for filigree, though, even with sterling wires- I use a large but reducing flame (more gas than oxygen), and that heats things up so that the heavy pieces get hot but the filigree doesn't melt. Usually. Unless I get impatient. :)

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