Paste Solder is not well understood. It is all based on what you
were initially trained with. I find it maligned by those not knowing
how to use it. We are all too often creatures of habit, and upset
when that comfort zone is breached.
In my locker, I have solder in the following forms, from hard down
to easy. Wire, sheet, and paste. I use each and every one of them
depending on what I am working with. I look upon all of them as
paths to the end.
I was taught Chain Making by Jerry Harr, and still have some of the
Paste Solder bearing his name, oh so many years later, and still
usable. I bought wire, when I read that it was easy to reshape and
use, so I roll it through the rolling mill, form it into tiny balls,
and shape it to the inner bezel form. It all works!
Jay Whaley teaches with sheet solder, and I use that, along with
everything else I have. Does he raise an eyebrow, better believe it.
I also save my silver filings, and when there is a resistant gap, I
mix the filings into the paste and blast away.
The real lesson is to go in with an open mind. Preconceived notions
of failure, lead to exactly that. It is all on the market because
enough trained smiths use it in one form or another. Were there a
failure to sell, the product will disappear. The market will see to
I am waiting to use up all that I currently have, and then buy from
Beth Katz of My Unique solutions, and and add Powder Solder to my