I always get so excited to try something new, and I recently started learning a new skill that I can’t wait to do more of. I learned how to solder! I repaired a broken piece of a necklace and turned it into a bracelet.
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For this project, I used my new RYOBI Soldering Station, and it was so much fun to play around with. In fact, I already have a fun project idea brewing so this was a great warmup for that. But for this project, I found a piece of an old necklace when I was rummaging through a cabinet.
I forgot I had it, and I thought the beads were so pretty. I really wanted to salvage it somehow but I wasn’t sure how, especially since it was only a segment of the necklace, not the whole thing. I decided to turn it into a bracelet by soldering on a DIY clasp. I didn’t have any clasps on hand, so I made one using some jewelry wire and bending it with some needle nose pliers. I created a small loop on one end of the bracelet, and a little “hook” on the other end.
I found that when soldering, it was easiest to tape down what I was working on so it didn’t slide around.
I used the tip of my soldering iron to heat the piece while feeding soldering wire from the opposite side. All it took was a tiny bit since this piece was so dainty.
Let’s talk about this soldering station for a minute. It’s the RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Soldering Station, and it is awesome.
It heats up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit and its hybrid technology provides unlimited runtime. You can either use one of RYOBI’s 18-Volt ONE+ batteries or you can plug it into an extension cord. I love that both options are available. It also has a 3 ft. reach and the temperature control allows you to set and maintain your desired temperature. I sort of played around with a variety of different temperatures when working on this since this tool (and soldering in general) is new to me and I’m still figuring it out.
Ultimately I’m happy to have given this piece of jewelry a new life, and my wheels are turning thinking about all of the metal things that might need repaired around our house. As I mentioned earlier, I also have an idea for a DIY project so stay tuned for that soon.
What would you make or repair with this tool? Let me know in the comments!
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