Have been struggling to find the best solution (and quickest,
neatest and yet durable) solution to the “soldering copper w/ no
apparent silver seams”.
Tried to no avail to use the pre-1980 pennies. The piece I’m working
on is VERY large and the temp I’d have to bring it to is dicey when
soldering a large copper bezel to large copper sheet. Experimented
and didn’t like the results.
Sooo…back to plating in the pickle or rose gold solder. To avoid
using the rose gold solder for a copper project, I went back to the
plating solution. While holding the silver-solder- joined piece in
the pickle w/ copper tongs, I slowly immersed a pair of steel
tweezers into the pickle, right up next to the join. NOTHING! Yikes!
Rose gold solder? This project is too big to use all of that gold
solder! Tried again using the street sweeper “bristles” I’ve picked
up while walking Scooter. Viola!!! Beautiful bright copper-plated
solder seam! It pickled away the next time it was heated and immersed
in the pickle w/out the steel bristle, but now know what I’m going to
do when whole piece is complete. You could actually see the pickle
acid working the steel bristle, and watch the plating happen.
Thanks again, Orchid contributors, for the stimulation and answers.