Saturday, July 9, 2011

Riki's How to Solder with Rhinestone Chain

A New How To Video by Riki Jewelry  - YAY! I learned how to use my Lenik torch!

For a while now, I have been trying to teach myself how to solder, and I must confess it's not that easy.  I've made some real messes and I gave up a couple of months ago.  I now realize that the soldering iron I have does not reach the proper heat range needed to melt the solder successfully. I've had a Lenik mini torch for years but have never really used it - it kinda scared me.
Well let me tell you...I came across the how to video that Riki  from Romantic Relics is offering through her Etsy Shop.  It's an awsome video, easy to understand and it gets right to the point.  I covers topics simply and straight forward. 
I learned to use my mini torch and how to properly clean and prepare my pieces to receive the flux and solder and a few other trick she gave use.  If your like me and have been afraid to use a torch, try this how to video- you will not regret it.  Riki is vey nice and will answer all our questions.

I haven't finished it yet but I have some ideas.  The more rhinstone chain the better.

The following pictures were taken before I cleaned the piece.  Frankly I was not sure if it would clean up.  I thought I had scorched it beyond repair.

 My handy dandy Lenik LPT 200 mini torch - now my friend!

I was able to clean it very nicely so don't be afraid if your piece seems scorched too.

I can see this one is going to be beautiful.

Take care my friends - I've missed you all.
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