You know, I’ve been reading all these notes about how horrible solder
is. Now I have to submit my thoughts. Solder will ONLY flow when
the metal is hot enough. So those who are having difficulty getting
their solder to flow, have to consider their: Torches, what kind of
metal they are working with, and maybe their flux.
When I had difficulty soldering, I thougt it was because of:
contamination BAD SOLDER wrong flux My problems actually stemed from NOT
getting the piece HOT ENOUGH, I kept trying to make the flame
smaller, less contamination that way, right??? Didn’t accomplish a
thing. HOT FLAME, use a plumbers torch with propane if you must, to
get things to flow. Don’t worry about the dreaded "carbon floaters"
that many warn against ( that only happens when one is using oxy with
a gas!!!) I can solder gold, sterling and fine silver with my Smith
(not the mini torch) what I have is similar to the Prest-o-lite
silver smithing torch.
I’ve soldered fine and sterling silver, PMC, PMC + (haven’t tried the
24 k gold PMC yet), gold in various karats, from 10 - 22 and still
using the same torch. Have done fusing, melting for cuttlebone
casting . . . Maybe I’m just a Wizard when it comes to soldering . . .
I have the feeling that I can solder anything! )
Don’t need gremlins nor holy icons in my studio.