[Favorite tips] Handling of Solders

Here is a recent series of discoveries for the handling of

  1. Color code both sides of sheet solders with a Sharpie
    permanent marker before clipping: Red for hard, Black for
    medium, Green for easy.

  2. Instead of using solder snips, get a pair of those solder
    clippers, the kind that nibbles a rectangular chip off the
    sheet. These are great because the metal does not curl and its
    size is controllable by the bite you take.

  3. Use a 7 day plastic pill case, with 4 compartments per day.
    Store the clipped solder in the compartments, organized and
    labled by metal, fineness, temperature and color.

When soldering the sharpie ink evaporates, leaving no residue.

Alan Revere
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
San Francisco