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Source for flux


#1

Peter Rowe once wrote: “My own preference is still for the white
paste fluxes. Our local supplier (C.R.Hills, Detroit) sells a dry
powdered version of this flux which I find very convenient- just add
water. I only mix up about a thimbleful at a time in a shot glass,
which lasts for the day’s work. That way I always have nice creamy
CLEAN flux to use instead of the other brands where the whole jar
gets lumpy and dried out and full of bits of this and that. Keeping
the flux clean is a part of keeping the joints clean and getting
good seams.” (http://users.lmi.net/~drewid/PWR_fluxes.html)

That was posted a long time ago. The person who answered the phone
at C.R.Hills says they don’t have anything like that. Peter, what
did you say they called their flux powder?

In the meantime, does anybody know where I can buy powdered flux?
Mixing just enough for a day’s use sounds pretty good.

Janet

P.S. One website gives incorrect contact for
C.R.Hills–the phone number was for a singles’ network, and the
E-mail address, while valid, is rarely checked. Their toll-free number
is 800-521-1221.


#2
In the meantime, does anybody know where I can buy powdered flux?
Mixing just enough for a day's use sounds pretty good.

Hi, I don’t know how much use this link will be , as I live in
Europe, but I’ve used this stuff- Easy-Flo flux powder,since 1978
(no, not the same tub!) and it works… from Cooksons either in
Dublin or UK…maybe the Irish connection will be quicker for US
customers… http://www.cooksongold.com/ It’s a good online ordering
service too…again I’ve been dealing with them since forever.

Steve Holden
www.platayflores.com


#3

Handy and Harrmon does make their handi-flux for silver brazing as a
powder. see: http://www.thomasregister.com/olc/39318001/dryflx.htm
This gives an 800 number to call jesse


#4

Hi Janet,

 In the meantime, does anybody know where I can buy powdered flux?
Mixing just enough for a day's use sounds pretty good. 

It could be that what they are talking about is borax. It’s a dry
powder & sort of a creamy white color. You can get it at the grocery
store, in the laundry aisle. It’s sold as 20 Mule Team Borax.

Dave


#5
   That was posted a *long* time ago. The person who answered the
phone at C.R.Hills says they don't have anything like that. Peter,
what did you say they called their flux powder? 

Janet, My jar of flux powder has a “generic” C.R. Hills label, on
which they’ve written, in marker, “Flux 99”. The jar I’m using now
was purchased just before I left Detroit for Seattle, in 1997, which
indeed was a few years ago. (Time flies, doesn’t it.) So I don’t
know if they still carry it. But as I recall, some of the older gals
who answer the phones are very helpful with billing and accounting
and book keeping, but may not always be the brightest stars in the sky
when it comes to figuring out what you’re looking for if you don’t
have the exact description they’re used to. They are book keepers,
not jewelers… Now that memory is newer than my bottle of flux,
but is at least a couple years old, so it may not now apply. but if
the person on the phone can’t figure out your request, ask to speak
to Greg. He does know the products.

cheers
Peter


#6

Attn Peter

C R Hill is an excellent source in Detroit area. Ask for Rene & she
will help you. Dandix is a flux that comes to my mind this late at
night but I may be wrong.

Kenneth Singh
karat46@aol.com


#7
Attn Peter C R Hill is an excellent source in Detroit area. Ask for
Rene & she will help you. Dandix is a flux that comes to my mind
this late at night but I may be wrong. 

Thanks Kenneth. And I agree that Renee can help anyone who calls (so
can Greg). However, I wasn’t the one who was looking for the flux. I
was the one who first mentioned liking it in dry form, and suggested
to the person looking, that C.R.Hill was where I’d found it in the
past, when I lived in Detroit… I still like C.R.Hills for some
things, but now must do it by phone and mail, instead of just
dropping into their well stocked store…

Peter Rowe
(Seattle, now)


#8

I called C.R. Hill Co. and asked for “either Greg or Renee” and got
Renee, who knew all about Flux 99 (powder for white paste flux).
Nice people there, and they’ve been in selling jewelry-making tools
and materials business for over 40 years. Phone number is
800-521-1221.

Janet