When is Laser welding the best choice for repair?

When is Laser welding the best choice for repair?

Laser welding is the process of using a laser beam to melt metal at the point two pieces are attached together. The beam produced is so fine that it can be done next to stones and held in the and during the process. It produces minimal heat outside of the joint and is therefore safe to use next to many stones that cannot take any heat.

Laser welding is often the savior of many complicated repairs that were simply not possible in the past. But it cannot be used for everything. Trying to do so runs you the risk of losing important treasures.

It is an alternative to soldering for repairs when heating an entire piece would damage the jewellery. Laser welding does not use solder, the same metal as the piece being repaired is heated with the laser and melted directly into the cavity or areas to be joined. Consider a laser welder when stones are soft or porous, intricate metal work may melt with reheating, glue has been used on other areas of the piece, to fill pits in the metal and more.

Laser welding works best when metal can be melted into a “v” shaped cavity and filled from the bottom of the ”v” to the top. It does not work well when used to put metal over a flush joint as it does not heat a large enough area to allow metal to flow between the two pieces. When it is used over a flat joint, the area that has been laser welded ends up looking similar to a soft solder joint as metal needs to be spread over both sides of metals being joined; the metal around the join does not become hot enough for metal to flow through the joint.

’20 Tips on maintaining our Jewellery’, Gillian E. Batcher, 2013

Juried Shows

Summer is about to start and a few of the goldsmiths at Jewel Envy will be doing some shows selling their one of a kind creations.

Starting with June, I will be attending 2 shows in June where you can find my work.

The first show is Signatures at The Beaches – Kew Gardens show on June 8th and June 9th from 10am to 6pm on both days! Here is the link ! https://beachesartsandcrafts.com/ Not only will you find me but also other Canadian handmade!

The second show in June I will be attending will be Artistry-by-the-lake at the picturesque Niagara on the Lake. It will be on June 29th, 30th and 1st from 10am to 6pm each day. https://www.niagaraonthelake.com/artistry-by-the-lake

That’s it for June! I hope to see you all there. :))

Have a great day,


This way to a day of family fun and cool SciArt jewellery!

You might already know about this, but Science Rendezvous is happening a week today at the U of T St. George campus. If you don’t know about it, it’s a fun, family-friendly day out with lots of STEAM-related activities and exhibitions, including a Science Fair, a Science Chase (a science experiment obstacle course, how cool is that), something called SR Hacks (a coding and engineering competition), and, of course, the SciArt Gallery – which is where you’ll find me (Robin of House of Cassady)! 

I did the SciArt Gallery last year, too, and it was amazing. It was so fun meeting loads of the public, talking about my work, and finding new people to geek out with about science and immunology. What more could I want? I also met other fascinating sciartists and enjoyed their art. So, I am excited about exhibiting again this year, on May 11th.

Brooch – Sterling silver/embroidered quilted panel, brown oakshott cotton. Inspired by ultrastructure of the intestines and the lymphocytes that circulate there (ask me more if you’re interested!)

Whenever I do an exhibition or a show, I try to have some new work. This year, I’m hoping to share the collaboration I did with Carolina Reis last year (you can read about it in another blog entry), called IMMUNITY. Alongside the art piece, I made a series of mixed media jewellery (like the brooch above). I hope that many will see it and experience it. If you miss it next Saturday, it will take up residence in the windows along Roncevalles at the studio for a couple of months. Keep a look out for it, and stop in and tell me what you think about it!

In the meantime, enjoy the lovely weather that we’ve been having :).


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