Professional Jeweler Archive: Deflecting Damage

October 2001

Professional Bench/Path to Proficiency


Deflecting Damage

Arc- and laser-welding technology saves time, decreases potential damage


Brooches often contain gemstones that are difficult to remove without damage to the stone or the brooch. In addition, older brooches may contain previous repair work and solders with unknown melting temperatures.

For these reasons, bench jewelers often are apprehensive about using a torch and solder to repair or install new findings on these pieces. To help overcome related concerns, B.A. Ballou offers a line of fusion findings required when performing permanent arc welding. Tom Weishaar uses Triad’s Sparkie welder to weld a catch for this application.

Another option is the laser welder. Laser welders offer bench jewelers the ability to repair or permanently weld jewelry components in very close proximity to heat-sensitive gemstones and low-melting solder joints.

For more information about JA’s Bench Jeweler Certification, visit www.jewelofam.org or call (800) 223-0673.

Chip Gregg uses Triad’s® Sparkie Fusion Welder.™
This pin catch was arc-welded into place using Triad’s® Sparkie Fusion Welder™ and B.A. Ballou fusion findings.
Tom Weishaar performing a permanent laser weld of the pin catch.
This pin catch was laser welded.

By Mark B. Mann, Director of Trade Programs, Jewelers of America

Featured Applications by Tom Weishaar, JA® Certified Master Bench Jeweler™, Underwood’s Fine Jewelry, Fayetteville, AR

Photographs are courtesy of Underwood’s Fine Jewelers and Jewelers of America
© 2001 Jewelers of America


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