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« on: April 11, 2006 06:27:38 PM »

ok so i've removed the image coz i realized that the picture is first-class &%#! as far as illustrating the problem is concerned...sorry about that lol

I saw the postage stamp necklaces and the different varieties of glass sandwiches that had been made into beautiful jewellery on here so i thought id give it a go.
I grabbed a scrap piece to practise on and did the edges with the copper tape like you're sposed to and then i put the flux on and when i soldered onto it, the solder was gorgeous (in colour, not application as you can see lol) but there was some weird brown liquid in it. It almost looks like burnt caramel!? I thought maybe i had unwittingly got the sort of solder that already has flux in it but when i tried to put some on without flux it didnt go on as smooth or easily, it jsut stayed on the iron...ARGHH!!
Lol, its frustrating to say the least...
any help is greatly appreciated Smiley thanks guys
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006 06:40:13 PM »

My husband says too much flux
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006 08:41:38 PM »

My husband says too much flux

Thank you Smiley (to you and your husband!)

I did initially try using less (i thought it might be flux related) but i must've been using too much still. I'll go try with next to none and see if that fixes it, thanks again Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2006 05:54:11 AM »

You're welcome.  Let us know how it goes.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2006 07:49:23 AM »

it might help if you use a qtip to apply the flux instead of a brush. Thats what one of my jewelry teachers told me.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2006 09:20:49 AM »

Sometimes I get the gunk on mine, but it always wipes off.   I wonder, are you wiping off the tip of your soldering iron between each sweep on a wet sponge?  If your tip is dirty, then the whole thing will be dirty looking. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2006 01:21:21 AM »

You're welcome.  Let us know how it goes.
Heya, it went great Smiley works good now
Thank you for the tip

it might help if you use a qtip to apply the flux instead of a brush. Thats what one of my jewelry teachers told me.
You're right, the brush totally didnt work so i switched to using paper towels (squirt a bit on, wipe it all over, switch to dry bit and wipe off excess) works great though i might try that idea, thanks for the tip (haha no pun intended)

Sometimes I get the gunk on mine, but it always wipes off.   I wonder, are you wiping off the tip of your soldering iron between each sweep on a wet sponge?  If your tip is dirty, then the whole thing will be dirty looking. 

Hi there, yeah im definately wiping the tip clean, the sponge has gone black though...it annoys me how its not pretty anymore lol but thanks for the comment Smiley
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