This post continues where I left off the The Cutter.
The top picture shows the sigils after they have been cut & lightly sanded & hit with an abrasive brush for a few seconds- this just allows me to see what needs to happen next.
Then I move into filing. Different files allow for different access & effects.
Fine internal spaces mostly get worked with strips of sandpaper held in a saw frame:
These two are ready to be soldered when the time comes:
The frames were prepped in the previous post "The Cutter", now they are readied for soldering.
The solder I mostly use is paste- incredibly tiny silver beads in a base of flux, applied with syringes. It flows much better warm, so I warm it using this advanced method:
Hi tech as always! Now the solder flows better. While it's warming, I flux the pieces. This flux helps fight oxidization during heating. The pieces get heated gently, and the flux sprayed on:
Once they cool down, I apply the solder:
And assemble the pieces together:
I don't have photos of the actual soldering process, I am too busy at that point to take pictures! I'll try to figure out how to shoot that part at some point.
Next up I will look at the final assembly & solder, and then clean up & polish.
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