Why do I love copper solder?
#1: It’s easy!
Jewelers have traditionally used silver solder to solder copper, but when using silver on copper, you have to be very careful so the silver seam doesn’t show. Since the copper solder is 93% copper (making it copper colored, even after you solder with it), I can enjoy the freedom of having my small mistakes invisible to the untrained eye. And it’s nice that the 7% phosphorous portion makes it self-fluxing, so I don’t have to use flux.
#2: It’s inexpensive.
Copper solder is about 1/10 the price of silver solder: silver solder is around $40 per ounce, but you can get 4 entire ounces of copper solder for around $14. I can experiment and practice all day and it only costs me a few dollars worth of materials. I can make affordable copper jewelry, and/or I can decide to upgrade to sterling silver, after practicing new techniques with copper.
#3: I have everything I need.
How do you use copper solder?
If you already know how to solder sterling or fine silver, then you already know how to solder copper. If you have no soldering experience, or have only used “soft” solder and soldering irons before, then copper solder is an EXCELLENT material to begin with.
So, where do you begin? At the very minimum, you need:
- A torch that gets hot enough for the job (all of Rings & Things’ torches work fine for this — but a soldering iron does not get hot enough).
- A firing surface — I use a magnesia soldering block on top of a ceramic fire block on top of an old cookie sheet.
Generally, you’ll drop your freshly-soldered item in a pickle pot or a metal can full of cool water. And there are safety considerations … you don’t really want to catch your clothing or kitchen/craft table on fire, or breathe or splash unknown chemicals, so if you’re completely new to soldering, pick up a book like Simple Soldering, by Kate Ferrant Richbourg, or Soldering Made Simple, by Joe Silvera.my pets wellness all the pets in adopt me wonder pets episodes the sims 3: pets elmo's world pets save the wonder pets craigslist watertown ny pets little live pets hamster twisty pets idling to rule the gods pets overlook bay pets exotic pets you can own alive pets wagmor pets small reptile pets how to get free adopt me pets everything pets tick spray for yard safe for pets hotels near me that accept pets lost and found pets of the midsouth racoons as pets craigslist milwaukee pets pretty pets pillow pets pig truecare for pets runescape pets pets login craigslist muskegon pets big lizard pets sugar gliders as pets mel the secret life of pets cbd pets people pets bird names for pets d&d pets small exotic pets jay prehistoric pets disney princess pets rx vitamins for pets elf pets arctic fox gold country craigslist pets craigslist pets orange county light up pillow pets homemade weed killer safe for pets 123 pets login fetch for pets mini pillow pets light pets terraria pets in craigslist rescue me pets are rats good pets rockstar pets craigslist dayton pets wonder pets characters disney pillow pets adopt me pets legendary secret life of pets streaming brainerd craigslist pets big al's pets funko pop pets wonder pets ming ming craigslist raleigh pets craigslist des moines pets adopt me roblox pets people for pets pets food