This my second soldering project. Figuring out the process was tough but the soldering wasn’t. If you’ve never soldered, don’t be intimidated. It’s much easier than you think.
See how I got set up with the link below.
Step 1: Find Your Metals
The brass was about $5.00 and came in a .046”X4”X10” sheet. I think I paid $1.50 for the paint rolling pan. You’ll also need a coat hanger.
Step 2: Form the Wire Heart
Next make a 90 degree bend in the wire. Hammer the wire while it’s in the pliers to sharpen the bend. Use a socket bit and form the lobes of the heart. The exact sizes I’m using aren’t important. Make the heart whatever size you want for the tools you have.
Play with the shape until your happy with it. Then cut the free ends of the wire from the heart.
Step 3: Make the Relief
Now with the metal side up, use a the peen side of a small hammer to rub the depression in. You only need moderate presure. Do this until the depression is smooth and even.
Use heavy scissors to cut the hearts out. One heart will be cut to size while the other is left just a little larger. This will help during soldering.
Step 4: Solder
Line up the hearts and lightly clamp them together.
Lay a piece of solder in the seem. Bond the pieces together with a torch. Do this all the way around.
Step 5: Polish
Sand out any low spots with 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper. Finish the polish with polishing compound and a buffing wheel.
Step 6: Add the Jump Ring
Drill a hole in-between the lobes and insert the jump ring.
Repolish if needed.
If you want to solder the jump ring in, do it before the grinding step. If you do it during this step you may melt out the solder from the polished seams.