in my wandering around the hardware store, in search of shiny
things, I came across long sticks of “lead free silver solder” in the
plumbing section. These are long, thick sticks of what looks like
mostly copper (coppery colour)- it comes in 5% and 15% silver.
Of course I bought some- since I like to work with copper and
especially brass, and silver solder doesn’t blend in with the god
and red metals. I had a go with the 5% stuff today, and (not only did
it flow) but it also is a lovely golden colour- almost perfectly
matches brass and looks nice on copper too. So far I have only read
about people using gold solder on yellow metals; or oxidising silver
solder to make it stand out less. Is there something horrifying about
these brazing rods that I don’t know?
What I did was smash some up with a hammer (I thought it would
flatten but it broke, it’s very brittle) and laid it on my piece like
I would bits of sheet solder. It worked really well so I am wondering
why I haven’t come across others using this solder?
thanks in advance