Gold stock ovals
I have a gold oval to install in a stock and am starting with a flat piece of gold. Any tips/precautions for bending the gold to match the stock contour and soldering a pin to the back of the oval? Special solder needed? Thnaks.
Hi Roger - I used to use a barrel vise bushing as close to the stock toe line contour as possible. Always seemed to work ok for me. Low temp plumbers' solder.
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I likely shoulda mentioned that I used the barrel vise Bushing as a sort of die, and used a round piece of steel to smack and force the material into shape.
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I haven't used a genuine gold oval but made a die kind of like Dave mentioned with the bushing for brass ones. My brass is .032, I had a hundred cut out years ago on a water-jet machine. I intended to form and solder the stud, then offer them to the trade for sale. haven't gotten to it yet. Probably never will....
I find it helpful to coat with Dykem. Scribe 3 lines. A center and 2 lines, 1/8" on each side. Use an oval drafting template to scribe the oval. Cut off excess with tin snips. I then set up the 1" band sander table and sand the draft angle up to the scribed line of the oval. Then, I bend it to the contour of the stock. The reason for the extra scribe lines is because I bend it in 3 stages using a Versa-Vise, a steel rod, a walnut "punch", and a mallet. The oval and the steel rod are clamped together on each of the lines and bent over the rod using the punch and mallet. I found that 50/50 solder and a copper rivet worked best for me for the peg on the back.