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Soldering Surgical Steel?


#1

I have a client who wants me to use surgical steel posts on a pair
of earrings that I would solder to sterling silver bezel settings.

Is there any problem using silver solder to attach surgical steel
posts and where would I buy surgical steel posts?

Thanks for input!


#2

You will have no problems silver soldering stainless to Sterling as
long as you use EasyFlow or Tenacity flux (or their equivalents).
I’ve had limited success soldering stainless with fluxes formulated
specifically for precious metals. You can get stainless wire from a
steel stockholder and make your own posts.

Regards, Gary Wooding


#3

Sally- Most jewelry findings suppliers will have surgical steel
posts. The trick is to get posts with a soldering pad so that no
solder contacts the client’s ears. Surgical to sterling is easy since
you don’t have to worry about melting your posts. Use silver solder
and paste flux. Don’t be surprised if the surgical posts turn black.
It’ll polish off.

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.

Jo Haemer
www.timothywgreen.com