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December 11, 2018, 05:19:27 pm
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Sterling Silver Bezel Set Money Clips

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« on: November 12, 2018, 03:37:19 am »

Mark Maciag let me share these money clips and a little information on how he makes them. I wanted to share them here.

I think they are pretty cool, and would make for some nice simple Christmas gifts.

The clips are made of nickel and the dead soft rectangle 3mm X 1mm wire can be formed using bending pliers and flat pliers with nylon jaws to kind of square them up to form the bezels.  The nickel blanks can be found at Rio Grande.

He also like to use crushed stone in decorative bezel settings.

I did not know that silver could be soldered to nickel. Thinking about making a few of these for Christmas gifts, but I better stick to 4 mm x .005 bezel tape that I am comfortable working with.

Thanks Mark !




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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 05:01:03 am »

Great idea!

I have not ever tried to solder silver to nickel either.  These look pretty straight forward to make. Thanks for showing them.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2018, 05:16:19 am »

I forgot to ask Mark about this..

I think that would be necessary to run the side of the finished bezel that is going to be soldered, across sandpaper until flat. After bending so much with pliers there may be a lot of uneven and somewhat twist areas. Especially at the corners. 

So before attempting to solder to the nickel clip, run this 3 x 1 mm shaped wire bezel across some sandpaper. Just like with other 3 or 4mm x .005 bezel tape.  To make extra sure it is perfectly flat and even edge to the nickel clip.

I am probably just telling what is already obvious to everyone bricks
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