Happy National Craft Month! Are you looking to up your crafty skills? This Talavera Tile Soldered Ring project is just the thing to do that. The only tragic part is that you have to smash the beautiful tile. BUT – from one tile, you can make a lot of gorgeous rings!
Not only have I been using the 3 in 1 soldering tool, but also the micro torch, and it’s a lot easier than you think! Once you get down the basics of operating the tool, you’ll come up with all kinds of variations! I’ve made everything from jewelry to mixed media to garden decorations.
Bernzomatic ST2200 Micro torch
Bernzomatic Solder, Flux
Protective gloves and goggles
Wire cutters, pliers
¼” ring blank strips (or another ring blank)
Break tile into small pieces by placing it inside a plastic bag. you can drop it on the ground or use a hammer to lightly tap it to break.
Wrap the edges with copper tape.
Coat the copper tape with flux.
Apply solder to copper tape. Once the iron has some melted solder on it, drag it across the copper tape to make even lines. Do this everywhere you have copper tape.
Use a steel block and chasing hammer to add texture to your ring blank.
Wrap it around the ring sizer and hammer into a perfect circle.
Apply a piece of copper tape around the top of the ring, add flux. Set the tile upside down, add a small piece of solder in the center. Then use a third hand clip to hold the ring in place. Add a couple strips of solder on top, so it will be soldered securely. Using the torch feature, move it around in circles so the piece will heat evenly and all the solder will melt into place.
Thanks for checking out my project!
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