Hello. I have been trying to solder a silver bezyl to a copper sheet.
That failed, so I tried copper to copper, no silver. That failed too.
I use batterns flux, and solder in wire form rio. All metals… except
copper from rio grande. I clean my hands really well so I dont have
oils and other contaminants. I used 600 grit sandpaper from 3m on the
metal to clean it.
I have read many articles on here about soldering and lapidary journal
and the metalsmith book which is great by McCreight(?).
My problem is when I solder, I am not sure if I am using the wrong
technique. I have the largest tip on it to get a softer flame. I use
propane and oxygen tanks. I cant seem to heat the piece correctly.
When I was taught to solder, I was told to heat up the entire piece.
then heat the solder area when the flux became clear. I have done that
in all of my attempts. I have tried to heat the piece and zero in on
the flux, and I have tried to hea the piece up from under it on a
tripod stand and then zero in after heating both sides… still I
One time I thought I had the bezyl to the sheet and when I put it in
the pickle… it kinda came apart on contact. I figure it was still
too hot. I let it cool a little bit. I cant blame the torch, I am
almost sure its me I am not sure if anyone can help me without
knowing what I am doing, but I thought it would be worth a shot.
If anyone has one of these torches, little smith torch, and you might
know how to use the flame, what tip to use etc? or how to better
handle the torch (any hints) would be greatly appreciated. or, grin
if I am doing something wrong… please let me know. I have
scotchbrite pads, so I will use that now for cleaning the metal
instead of the sandpaper.
Thank you for any info and assistance.