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« on: March 11, 2005 09:24:09 AM »

Can anyone direct me to a tutorial or general information page (or thread) that gives complete newbies an introduction to soldering?  I am hoping to make a small sculpture from pieces of tin that I've collected, and I don't know Thing 1 about soldering.  (Except that I will probably end up hurting myself!)


« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2005 09:34:14 AM »

i'm taking a silver jewelry-making class. we've been doing some soldering and it's not as hard as it sounds. i did a quick search on the web and found this page on the rio grande website. maybe it will help. if not, maybe i can answer some questions for you.


« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2005 11:55:32 AM »

Thanks so much!  This looks like an excellent starting place.  I will probably have questions, but I think I have to research this before I even know what to ask...!

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2005 02:11:30 PM »

You can't solder tin with silver solder, the melting point of tin is WAAAAAAAY too low (about 500 degrees F, as opposed to silver which has a melting point over 1500)

You're probably looking for low temp lead-based solder, the kind you use with a soldering iron. ANy electronics shop should have books on soldering.

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2005 06:47:48 AM »

Thanks for the extra info.  I will make sure I learn more before I buy any tools.

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