Tag Archives: jewelry making techniques

How To Wire Wrap Linked Beads in a Chain Style

This video shows how to link beads by wire wrapping them and how to finish them by attaching the chained beads to chains.  Use 26 or 24 gauge dead soft silver wire for best results when using small beads like pearls and crystals.  To do this most efficiently, thread all beads on in the order […]

How to Solder With Flux and Avoid Balling Up the Flux

This video features a tip on how to solder silver with flux and what to do when the flux balls up and won’t run. 

When soldering silver and using hard or soft solder, I often find the solder balls up – it just refuses to jump no matter how long it’s under the flame. This […]

How to Attach Beads By Folding Wire

One of many techniques in jewellery making is folding wire after it’s been passed through beads to secure them to chains, holes and spaces.  This is a useful technique because it has many applications; especially when the spaces are tightly packed together or irregular. In the video below I’ve demonstrated this technique with the Organic […]

Orion mPulse Micro Welder: part 5 – Maintenance

Tungsten Electrode Maintenance ( sharpening the welding point ) Just like a knife blade, the tungsten electrodes become dull with use and over time will need to be sharpened. Here is a quick video showing how to replace and sharpen a worn tungsten electrode. Argon Gas for oxidization free soldering Argon gas; which is very […]

The Orion mPulse Micro Welder: Part 3 – Setup

Orion mPulse – What’s in the box? All of the parts, including the extra tungsten electrodes and brush, fit well into the padding which is placed into a 8”x8”x24” box thus minimizing any chance of damage during shipment.  Shipping wasn’t exorbitant and the machine should arrive in good working order because of the strong Styrofoam […]

The Orion mPulse Microwelder for Jewelry Welding: Part 1

I recently purchased a micro-welder, literally on impulse, at a gem show in the USA. I’ve been wanting a flameless welder for a long time because I haven’t been able to master the torch and flux method of soldering. Apparently I’m not alone in this as there are many experienced jewelers who haven’t yet mastered […]

Orion mPulse Micro Welder: part 2 – Comparison

Apples to Apples – Comparing the mPulse to other models After trying the 4 different models at the gem show, here’s what I think the Orion mPulse model lacks that many consumers would probably find valuable: 1) step control 2) microscopes 3) more advanced settings for those who are soldering very expensive pieces. If you […]

Orion mPulse Micro Welder: part 4 – Welding

Welding With the Orion mPulse The mPulse is very easy to use and although it may take a couple uses to get over the initial surprise triggered by the spark, anyone can master welding with the mPulse. Here are some videos I recorded while soldering jewelry components together. Fixing a broken chain. Making short necklace […]