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Understanding how your torch tip works helps you understand jewellery soldering. Learn how to adjust your soldering torch tip to make your project easier.
1. Flame Size
Adjust the size and intensity of the flame for the size of the piece. If you are soldering only bezel wire or a jump ring together and have a smaller tip available, put that on and get as close to the piece as possible.
If you are working on a very large piece, put on your largest torch tip and adjust the intensity to high, to make sure the piece is getting even heat and heating up the piece quickly enough to flow the solder before oxidation happens.
2. Torch Distance
The distance of the torch from the piece to be soldered is crucial and must be adjusted depending on the flame size. When done correctly, this will achieve two objectives: soldering your piece and keeping it clean.
3. Flame Direction
If solder jumps to one side of the seam, that side is getting more heat than the other side of the piece. Move the flame back and forth between both sides to get an even flow.