Back in 2015 I posted a tutorial for soldering simple prong set studs well I was playing around with this idea for stocking filler gifts last weekend but I could not decide what to set, then out of the corner of my eye I spotted some tiny czech flowers! Brilliant but they would not work with four prongs so how to add another prong without over complicating it?….
To make these you will need:
I started by balling up the ends of a couple of pieces of wire, pickling them so they were clean and then hammering the balls flat on the anvil (so they don’t roll around while soldering).
I then made sure the wires were extra clean by rubbing them over with the nail buffer and trimmed 8 pieces of wire (approx 1.5cm long) and filed one end on each piece flat. Then the pieces were arranged as shown on the soldering/charcoal block (I use the tweezers to help position the pieces so I don’t get my mucky fingers all over them).
Medium solder is then applied to all the joints and I checked that every wire had good contact with the flattened ball next to gently solder and then pickle. After rinsing I give each of the prongs a wiggle to check they are firmly soldered in place, any that seem a little iffy get re-soldered.
I hammered the centre where the prongs join to make sure it is flat and then sand lightly with the nail buffer to make sure it is clean. Using the easy solder, I soldered the earring post to the back of the prongs (I use my soldering tweezers to hold the earring wire in place and safely prop the tweezers on a few coins so I do not have to hold them in place, this way I don’t have to worry about accidentally moving the earring post and can focus on waiting for the solder to flow without melting the whole piece)!
Using pliers each wire is bent up so that they fit snugly in the groves in-between the petals and tried so there is just enough wire to bend over the top and hold the flowers in place. I like to used a burr cup to round off the tips of the prongs and then put them into the tumbler for half hour to give them a lovely shine. Once done the flowers are set by bending the wires into place.
One down several more to go!