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Soldering Silver Jewelry

Before you begin working with the solder, you should start by preparing the silver jewelry findings which you are planning on working with. The first thing that you need to do is to anneal the silver using a jewelers blow torch. You do not need to anneal the whole finding, just the area which is going to be soldered. To do this, heat the torch, and hold it close to the silver, moving it gently backwards and forwards over the area. The silver should turn a dull pink color in the heat. This should take about 30 seconds in total.

Once the silver is ready, prepare the solder. Solder must have flux applied to it when it is being used with silver, as the solder and the silver will oxidize otherwise. The oxidization reaction is a negative process and can seriously affect the overall appearance of your finished jewelry product.

Once the solder is prepared, you will need to cut a piece of solder to use with your silver. Easy grade solder should be the perfect choice for jewelry making projects which utilize silver jewelry findings. The piece of solder which you have cut should then be placed under or over the area which needs attaching.

Once the solder is in place, heat it using a soldering iron so that it becomes liquid and completely covers the join. Using a soldering iron will allow you to have more control over the solder as you melt it. When the solder is covering the area which needs joining, allow it to cool briefly. It will not take long for the solder to become solid again.

When the solder has been allowed to cool for a while, it will need to be quenched. To do this, you must carefully dunk the jewelry findings into diluted sulphuric acid. This will remove firestain. Dunking should be done with plastic, copper or brass tongs to prevent the solution from becoming contaminated. Do not touch the acid with your hands or uncovered skin. Carefully wash any excess acid off of the piece after dunking. Once the piece is dry, you can polish it up, to help to give it a beautiful finish. The solder should hold the finding perfectly in place at the join.