My name is Marc Williams.. how are you and welcome to our info forum....
First of all before you go and buy a new torch i think you should take a quick
breather and re-evaluate the problem. By your last staement about not being
able to solder a post onto an earing today makes me wonder... When you are
trying to do your soldering work, are the peices you are soldering cleaned of
all dirt and grime and all that stuff like tarnishing?? One of the biggest
problems you will come across is that your peices just aren't clean enough
before you start... Very important to acheive a good solder joint.. If you are
sure that your peices are clean enough, the next question I have is are you
using any kind of fire coating i.e. Boric acid powder and denatured alcohol
mix?? if you are good if not try it out. By the way, what brand of torch are
you using? If you don't know the name describe what it looks like for me..
Don't worry we will get your problem solved one way or another...
If you would like to e-mail me with the info my address is TDWGOLD@MSN.COM
Hang in there and don't get frustrated. I will give you some good suppliers
to look for just email first....
Marc WilliamsFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Candyce05@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 1996 6:30 PM
Subject: Soldering Torch
Okay, I've had it, it's time to get me a new torch. But since I am basically
self-taught and don't know anywhere near where I live to go for help...Here I
First of all, let me explain the bulk of my work is in brass and copper. I
do a lot of soldering of brass or copper wire onto the contrasting metal. My
problem is that it doesn't work very often.
I took a soldering class from GIA in February in Tucson, but it was of very
little help since it dealt primarily with fine jewelry work. In fact, I was
told I couldn't solder wire onto a piece the way I am doing it now. Anyway,
that is the extent of my classroom experience.
My second problem is that I bought the wrong type of torch. It is
propane/air and I cannot use the small tips. So my question is two fold:
1. Since I do not want to work with acetylene, what brand propane/oxygen
torch do you recommend and why? How about a supplier?
2. Any tips on how to do a more efficient job of soldering? What type of
solder and flus is recommended for brass and copper. I have a huge
selection, and sometime they work, sometimes they don't. Today I couldn't
even solder a post on the back of any earring.
So please, any ideas and recommendations will be gratefully received.