Inspired by British Master Goldsmith James Miller, these titanium soldering strips/clamps can be easily bent into a wide range of specialized custom clamps for jeweller’s hard soldering operations.
Titanium has several advantages over traditional steel clamps when it comes to soldering. Solder doesn’t stick to it. Enamel doesn’t stick either. It stays strong when red hot. It doesn’t erode and flake away at heat, so your clamp tips can be smaller. Most importantly, titanium doesn’t transfer heat nearly as quickly as steel clamps, so it interferes with nearby joints less than steel clamps do.
These clamps are sold in a pack of 10 “blanks” as straight 4″ strips, to allow you to bend your own ideal clamp designs. Each soldering situation is different, and while there are a few basic designs that we illustrate in the how to bend and shape clamp instructions, every jeweller is different and each solders in their own unique way, and will need clamps customized for their own personal style, or unique need. The titanium strips are fully annealed, and can be bent and filed to suit in minutes.
To date, we’ve found several uses for them: