As a person dedicated to the craft of teaching as well as
metalsmithing, I’m always trying to improve. I’ve been noticing the
problems that students have with soldering.
One them that is emerging are – students aren’t heating evenly –
they don’t quite believe me that the whole thing has to be heated,
that you can’t ignore a piece of it just because it’s far away from
the solder joint.
How to others teach soldering? And since I’m asking, I’ll go first.
I first explain the concept of soldering in general, discuss flux,
the types of solder, and types of joins. I tell them that types
other than sheet solder exist, but we only use sheet solder in
class. (I always admit when something I do is just a personal
preference, or just because that’s the way I was taught.)
Then I set up some soldering jobs for them and then we all move over
to the torches and I solder. I try to do three in a row, so they
have more chances to see it.
Then I sit with each person the first time they solder (if they
want, and most do) and coach them through it.
Thanks for your input.
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor