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Berta's Metal Art Blog

Soldering Gallery Wire!

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Having a hard time soldering gallery wire? Here’s how I use it without melting tines! First of all, I always use paste solder. It’s just easier: the flux is mixed right in with the solder so you just place it where you want it to go. No fiddling with chips and flux... The syringe makes it easy. Also, it has a wider spread than traditional solder so it will go where you need it (and then some, sometimes, especially with a pattern under it.. but that’s okay with the pattern you won’t even notice.) Second, I NEVER place the flame...

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How to NOT Dent Your Texture Plate!

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No! You Don't Need a Rolling Mill for Texture Plates!

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One of the more common misconceptions about texture and pattern plates is that you HAVE to have a Rolling Mill to make it work. Nope. Negative. Not True. Here's the thing... They way your metal gets an impression off a texture plate is by using compression. All you have to do is press the silver into the recesses. That's it! Now, you're still pressing a softer metal into a harder metal, so yes it is going to require some work. but it isn't impossible to use these plates with various methods of compression. While a rolling mill is more common,...

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Removing and Preventing Rust on Texture Plates and Impression Dies

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Ready for one more? Removing rust and rust preventative! I noticed a couple of my tools were developing a little problem with rust recently, as we have had some wetter weather than usual. This is how I treat and prevent rust, but please feel free to share your own way! Captioned photos show my own process! Rust forming on two of my tools. Loctite DAP naval jelly to the rescue! I like the naval jelly because I can just clean off the problem areas, it works FAST, and requires very little if any scrubbing. I’ll rub it in and wash...

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