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Soldering sterling silver


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Sonya, You might want to use a larger flame and paste flux at the
joint. A small flame does not heat the entire silver project well
enough for the solder to flow. I don’t believe most anti-fire scale
or Pripps fluxes cause solder to flow as well as paste flux. Use
the Pripps to protect the metal from fire scale and use a very small
amount of paste flux at the joint. Too much paste flux will wash
away the anti-fire scale flux leaving you a purple ring around the
joint.

I have noticed that when Pripps flux is used for a bezel joint the
solder ends up looking slightly irregular or grainy. The solder in
a paste fluxed joint ends up nice and smooth.

My two cents.
Lee Epperson