I was soldering a sterling two piece bail and just as the
solder was about to flow, the silver fragmented explosively....
G’day; for my 2c I can only suggest that
(a) you wipe the nitroglycerine off your work first, or
(b) use EzeFlo flux instead of nitroglycerine
(c) buy your silver from other than the IRA or
(d) x-ray it to ensure that no gases were left trapped in compression when
the metal was milled.
...I then scraped the boric acid powder away from the seams
to be soldered and applied Batterns liquid flux.....
Why? Boric acid is quite a good flux, even when mixed with
other fluxes; it is a constituent of Pripp’s Flux, an
old-fashioned flux and anti- firestain.
...as the solder was about to flow, it became something
like the forth of July, and I was on my way to becoming a
Pity: you could have got work in certain operas or perhaps as a
....what should I do to correct the problem (other than
standing up to solder).
Wear tin pants? Then a job in Tin-Pants Alley? Cheers,
/ /__| \ @John_Burgess2
At sunny Nelson NZ (in mid- winter)