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how to Solder wire & sheet metal: copper, silver, brass , bronze & Nickel !
by the Whimsie Studio Craftsmen
Quick & Easy soldering
for craft , jewelry, stained glass, repairs, garden art and architectural pieces.
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Copper, Bronze, Brass & Nickel
This booklet makes soldering easy for everyone!
Our instructional 19 page color booklet on the basics & more of how to solder. Solder copper, brass, silver . bronze, nickel & more.
Quickly learn how to solder wire or sheet metal:
It takes you from tools & supplies needed, charts of metals, cleaning, flux, safety, to soldering with a demonstration exercise that you can do.
A unique,practical and inexpensive approach using the least amount of readily available equipment and supplies . It includes quick jigging.
A large format 8 1/2 x 11 inch- 19 Pages with plenty of color photos for every step, with several practice exercises.
This is our most requested craft information. Written from over 25 years of experience by Larry Henke & Ron Bodoh
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Soldered copper, brass & bronze Sculptures & garden accentsmade by the authors In the last 25+ years.

Soldering- a introduction
What is soldering?...
Soldering; very simply put is 'gluing' two pieces of metal together by applying heat and melting a third metal or alloy into the joint. This third metal or 'solder' must melt at a lower temperature than the metal being soldered and be able to adhere to the surfaces being joined.
Not all metals can be soldered easily. Copper, Brass, Bronze, Nickel and Tin are all metals that can be soldered at soldering iron and propane torch temperatures (400-800f) and use solders and fluxes that are readily available. Aluminum and stainless steel do not solder easily.
Solder is an alloy or mixture of metals that melts at a lower temperature than the metal being soldered.
Flux is an acidic or caustic powder, paste or solder core that cleans the joint and lubricates the flow of the solder when the heat is applied.
A bit of caution here- The fumes produced when soldering are toxic and flux is caustic. Adequate ventilation as well as eye and skin protection are required. Care must be taken to protect your surrounds from the heat, splatter and open flame involved with soldering.
Heat is required to cause the flux and solder to melt and flow into the joint. Heat can be applied using a soldering iron or torch.
Soldering irons and come in a wide range of wattage.
A propane plumbing torch is a good source of heat for most craft and art soldering projects.

Copper crab made by the authors

The first step in any successful solder joint is to clean the surfaces to be soldered.
Next, apply the flux along the joint using a brush or scrap of wire.
Practice and experimentation will yield increasingly better results. If you have trouble, remember the basics: the joint must be clean, flux aids the flow of the solder into the joint and adequate heat must be used for the thickness of the solder and size of project.
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