I wanted to let you know I’ve gone up from soldering copper, to
soldering fine silver, since one kind soul from the Ganoksin group had
sent me sufficient solders to train myself on.
I know it’s not sterling yet, but I was making a pin for Mother’s Day
for my wife. I actually had to learn about the different types of
solders to salvage the project.
I was fusing fine silver strips together in a triple-heart pattern:
- The outside edge of one of the hearts had detached itself from the
heat. I had to cut a new piece of fine silver strip to bridge the gap.
One end I soldered with hard, the other I soldered with medium.
And yes, I am using flux (Stay-Silv).
- I also had to mount a pin backing to the piece. I used easy solder
all along the back of the piece. No threat to the other joints!
I think there are advantages with soldering first on pure copper. For
one thing, fire-scale doesn’t matter, you can sand it off easily.
I think soldering on fine silver is a good intermediate step to
learning how to use the different melting point solders with silver.
I’m actually so impressed with how easy that was, the fusing is going
to become less important to me going forward, even if I still do fine
silver, because I like how it shines. I’d save sterling for strength
and solder to the fine piece.
I’ll post the picture after my wife sees it.
I know that none of you will be impressed by my craftsmanship, but at
least there was some sentiment behind it.
Andrew Jonathan Fine