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Problem soldering silver to brass


#1

i’ve been trying to solder silver and brass together but often find
that the brass sinks into my sterling silver sheet and ‘eats’ into
it. i have tried various sterling silver solders varying the quantity
of brass in it…but got the same result. i also find that a solder
with more brass content, again ‘eats’ (i dont know what the right
word is) into pure silver and does not perform the task of
soldering…so does that mean pure silver, sterling silver and brass
cant be soldered in one piece?? please help!!

in distress
pallavi


#2
i've been trying to solder silver and brass together but often
find that the brass sinks into my sterling silver sheet and 'eats'
into it. 

Too HOT and then some.

jeffD
Demand Designs
Analog/Digital Modelling & Goldsmithing
http://www.gmavt.net/~jdemand


#3

It is possible to solder brass and silver, but you need to practice
doing so. Try using easy solder and a very gentle use of the flame
and you should be good to go!


#4

This is a common problem when using brass and silver. One way to
reduce the problem is to heat the brass first, then place it over the
silver on which solder has already been added then heat the silver
quickly before the brass looses its heat and they should bind just
fine. Let us know how this works for you.

Cheers, from Don in SOFL.


#5

thanx Jeff…so my solder should have a much lower melting point…coz
it certainly takes its own sweet time to flow

thanx!
pallavi


#6

thanx Don and Lynn…your tips are working well! big help! will post
the results soon : )

cheers!
pallavi