How I make the little penannular pins

How I make the tiny penannular pins – with pictures! πŸ”¨πŸ”₯πŸ”¨πŸ”₯πŸ”¨πŸ”₯πŸ”¨πŸ”₯πŸ”¨ I usually make these in batches of between five and ten, but they all emerge looking a little different. 1. Form a coil out of silver wire. 2. Slice through! I use tape to keep the coil from slithering around. I’m aiming for asymmetric pins here, so I’m cutting down at an angle. I πŸ’› my swish saw. 3. Cut some slightly flattened wire into pin lengths and form little tight loops at the top of each. Check they fit! They should move freely but not be loose. 4. Place them over tiny pieces of solder (called pallions), drench it all in flux, and solder! To solder silver, you heat the whole piece to the melting point of the solder, that silver melts the solder, and capillary action lures it into the join. These are heated to about 750c, and the metal glows red with heat. 5. These are textured pins, so I hammer and straighten the pins. (Untextured pins will get hammered with a rawhide hammer to harden them – the soldering has left the silver very soft. I’ve also checked all the joins and filed and polished off any stray solder. 6. I hammer very gently the top half of the circle, slide on the pin and flatten them a little in the rolling mill. 7. Big hammering! I bash the flattened ends to pleasing shapes. 8. Open the rings to file and sand the edges smooth and shiny. 9. I use a cup burr to round the ends of the pin. It’s attached to my pendant motor (like a dremel but fierce and amazing). This is the only time i use an electrical tool making these tiny pins.) 10. Into the pickle! This will take off the tarnish from my earlier soldering. If I need things pickled quickly I heat it in an old slow-cooker bain marie, but I’m going to leave the pickle cold and let it work its magic overnight.

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