New Member - and questions about soldering surfaces
Glad I discovered you (via a flyer where I am taking classes)!
Metalworking and jewelry design is something that I have wanted to
do since I was a child - collecting all sorts of stones that “one
day” I would use in jewelry I would make. that day is coming soon -
and I just turned 50.
The instruction that I have received (so far) is quite limited to
the techniques that the teacher “prefers” or the ones that were
taught to her classes at a the expensive/fancy-schmancy art school
she went to less than a decade ago.
Honestly, other than the mere basics (sawing and soldering/annealing
with a welding-type set-up) I have learned more from the posts and
videos here on Ganoksin. I read a LOT and I like to try different
things (i. e., other than JUST LOS for patination).I was quite
shocked when she had not heard of the gazillions of other ways to
Perhaps she doesn’t realize all of of don’t have the $$$ to rent a
"studio" and that some of live in a tiny space with possible place
to use anything more caustic than citric acid for pickling. but I
I am also a photographer and polymer clay artist (although the
formula change in the clays in 2010 ruined my techniques and my
product so that has take a backseat, sadly). In my prior life
(before 6 back surgeries claimed my work life), I worked in
biotech/drug discovery; as a senior paralegal; as a law enforcement
officer; a bartender; and not surprisingly, in three different
My first question: what is the best type of board to get for
soldering upon? (I have one of those white bricks that easily pit
and crumble now - ick) I have read about several different types and
would like some input as to what people think is best for my
situation. (I am working at a table in my teeny condo with a butane
mini-torch - and yes, it works just fine for soldering, annealing,
etc.) I have read about Transite. Silquar. Opinions? Comments?
Thanks in advance!