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Soldering- a introduction
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.
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.
 
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.

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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.
Basic soldering set up including a fan blowing away for ventilation,
protection for the work surface, water for cooling, a torch, solder and flux
 
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