I’m making copper rivets out of die-punched circles and 14 ga wire. I’ve been using a third hand, setting each rivet up with wire in the third hand, head on the solder block, flux, heat, add a ball of solder and heat until it flows. Then start on the next rivet. Hoping for a more streamlined way to do it, I’m experimenting with laying out several heads, melting solder on them, then using tweezers to hold the wire in place & heat until solder flows again.
After only about 10 tries, it’s kind of hit or miss whether the solder, stem, head, and heat meet in the right place. Hoping someone here can help shortcut my learning curve. Should I melt the solder on the wire or the head before joining them? I’m using Battern’s flux with denatured alcohol, firing it & letting it rise & subside before adding the solder to the head. Anybody have any better ideas, aside from buying a half dozen additional third-hands?
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