Plumb Wonderful

Solder isn't usually the sort of thing that makes bench jewelers break into paeans of praise. In gold work, the wide selection of colors and melt temperatures available is mostly taken for granted, and in platinum work, the serious limits of traditional platinum solders are normally the source of curses, not compliments. But thanks to several new plumb platinum solders, jewelers working with platinum have found reason to sing the praises of solder. "It's a real advantage to trade shop workers and retail trade workers to be able to work with platinum in the way we've traditionally worked with gold mountings-sizing while you wait, and not having to send [a piece out for laser welding]," says David Huffman, a bench jeweler for Federico's in Traverse City, Mich., and owner of his own trade shop, David L. Huffman Studios, Inc. "They are a better-performing solder-they're just better," say

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