…exactly MY thoughts…I’m having some success at the gallery I
sell through, but it is time to ‘up’ my game and offer something new
and fresh. I, too, am new to ‘soldering’, but the best trick I
…place the ‘snippet of solder’ on the soldering board (I use
medium)…place the seam of your piece on top of the solder where
you need to make the join…using a natural bristle paint brush
(Dollar store type) ‘paint’ a little flux at the seam. (I use the
Batterns self-pickling liquid flux)
Using my jumbo butane torch (yup, I use it, too!) heat the WHOLE
piece in circular motions and slowly move into the area where the
seam is…your flux will bubble…‘frost’ up and then turn
clear…be patient…keep moving your torch…and magically
it will appear like your solder ‘jumps’ up onto your piece and flows
up through the seam towards your heat.
…remember…you’re not melting the solder…you’re heating
the metal…flux helps to attract the solder and ‘move it along’
…if you don’t have success and your solder melts but doesn’t
flow through the seam…quench the piece…pickle and try
again…solder won’t flow on fire scale.
After a soldering ‘success’, quench, pickle, rinse and dry. Inspect
the seams…if there are pits or ‘missed bits’…solder again with a
I’m also thinking it is time to get a ‘real’ torch…
cheers, and hope it helps!