3 Torch Tips For Soldering Jewellery

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3 torch tips for soldering

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

Here’s a great soldering tip: Get in, get out. You want the flame to be hot and big enough to heat the piece up as quickly as possible (without any danger of melting it) for your solder to flow.

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.

Flame Size

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.

If it’s too far away, the torch will only heat up your piece enough to make it dirty. Heat plus oxygen creates oxidation on metal. The environment of the flame can combat it!

By covering the whole piece until the solder has flowed with the flame. This prevents oxygen from reaching the metal, keeping the piece clean whilst soldering.

Torch Distance

3. Flame Direction

Here’s another great tip when soldering, solder moves toward the heat source. Make sure to heat the metal evenly and use the flame to direct the solder where you want it to go.

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.

Flame Direction

   If you’re just gotten started with soldering & melting, we recommend our melting kit.

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