I just joined the forum and am really looking forward to learning
from all the experts here! My first question is about soldering
gold-filled wire. I have had some success in the past but the links I
soldered today are off in their color. The solder is gold as it
should be and the rest of the jump ring looks copper in color. I’m
guessing that the heat brought the copper in the gold layer up to the
surface. Am I on the right track? It doesn’t appear to be the brass
from underneath the gold but I could be wrong. I made a quick attempt
at cleaning one up with the flexshaft but it did not appear to change
the color of the metal. Below is step by step how I soldered the
rings, which may give some clues as to what happened and what I can
do to get the metal back to gold toned.
I dipped each ring in Luxi Flux and let them dry. Then I brushed on
Batterns at the joint. Since the rings are quite small it pretty
much ended up flooding the piece. This may have washed off the Luxi
Flux but I can’t be sure. I dipped my pallion of 14K easy solder in
the Batterns and then balled it up. I heated the ring, applied the
solder ball and then typically had to help it cover the joint by
dragging it around with my pick. The whole thing ends up darkened in
parts. I quenched and then soaked in pickle for a while. There were
still stains so I made up a super pickle and left them in there for a
while. After rinsing them, I tried a little steel wool to see if that
would remove any of the remaining stains and improve the color.
Things cleaned up well but I’m still left with a gold toned solder
area and the rest a bit copper in color.
Many thanks for reading my very detailed description. I would be SO
excited to learn what I did wrong so I can either re-do these rings
or restore them to the proper gold tone.
Thanks so much!