Friday, May 21, 2010

Palladium is HOT!

Last week I made a palladium wedding band and decided to take a few photos while I was soldering so I could share the process with you....
Palladium solder beads are placed in the joints.

Beginning to heat up the joints...

Metal is up to correct temperature and solder flows! Approximately 2300° F

That is HOT metal!

Palladium requires very high temperatures and the metal glows brilliant orange. As a result you must wear rated No. 5 or darker welding lenses for eye protection. (Making jewelry is not as glamorous as wearing it!)

All polished and pretty! Fin.

♥♥♥Congratulations to Jocelyn and Curtis!♥♥♥

19 comments:

Wendy said...

Lovely! You make it look so easy. How did you get everything to stay in place before you started soldering?

Danielle Miller-Gilliam said...

Hi Wendy!
It was a pretty tight fit, so it stays in place by itself...plus I "spot soldered" it in place first. The scariest part is when it is glowing so hot and you think it will melt into big blob at any moment. But it really does take a lot of heat to melt palladium.

alison said...

Hi, i have found your blog and i love the jewellery you make - those wedding rings are BEAUTIFUL!

Entre Nous said...

Gorgeous.

Robert Petril said...

Wow! I LOVE your work!

Raen said...

Beautiful piece. So glad you shared the process, very interesting!

Danielle Miller-Gilliam said...

Thanks everyone!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks for sharing some insights in this process. Lovely, lovely work.

Dalton A said...

Wow, you're jewelry is beautiful and simplistic.
Simply my favorite 2 things.
congrats and keep up the great work!

The Artists' House said...

Your work is amazing. Both rings are so beautiful and classic. Very nice!

Lilia N Designs said...

Interesting! Looks so easy, but I bet it's really difficult though

Really! said...

Just blog hopping and came upon yours - very neat what you do! I just opened for business but you're welcome to swing over for a laugh;)

Rondell said...

Fire in the hole y'all! That buggy eyed girl settin' somebody ring on fire!

Costume Jewellery said...

amazing.. its looks so easy in those pictures but i know its not a easy task to this kind of stuff its need alot hard work. nice post thanks. really helpful.

Tasty Treats Creations said...

Such talent! Bravo!

Caroline said...

Dear Danielle:
I came across your blog, and I love your work, are you in a gallery anywhere?
I own a gallery, and would love to met with you and get you in it!
www.philiphonegallery.com
Maybe you might consider it?
Sincerely;
Caroline

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GemFind.com - Fine Diamond Jewelry said...

How easy it look but is more tough then is look and you make it look so easy. Have no word to say about you speechless..Awesome

Prad Savania said...

Wow nice blogspot Danielle! Was just wondering how you got started in the business? I could use a couple of tips, as I am hoping that my illustrations will help me get a foot into the design industry! Take care x

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