I want to learn how to solder solid rings on jigs. I'm guessing there are U-tube videos What about supplies? Tools, correct torch, open rings, solder... School my ass, how do I learn this?
It takes a bit to get the hang of it, you'll trash a handful in the process, which is ok. Probably the best thing I learned doing it is that the less paranoid/afraid you are of screwing it up the less you'll screw it up. Try breaking it with the pliers after, and if practically tie it in a knot without breaking you know what a good ring looks like.
You can buy the kits but they kind of hose you on everything. If you want to buy separately:
For solder, Safety Silv 56, 1/32" works way better than 1/16", makes it really easy to control where to solder flows and wets easier.
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Rings, you can match what sizes the SIC kit has or measure out rings you have you want to replace:
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Torch, any small butane torch like this will work:
Then a pair of pliers to open/close the ring, a small, fine brush to apply flux, some scotchbrite to rough up the joint, IPA to clean after abrading, an alligator clip for work holding, and a bronze or other metal brush for cleaning up the slag. Think that's pretty much it.
Thank's for the Website.Try this kit from Surfacer Iron
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I find bronze to hold far better. Even an over-heated, half-complete joint with bronze will be nearly impossible to twist apart. That said, silver works well, too, but gets very brittle with too much heat. The good silver joints look nice and smooth. Many of the “boutique” jigs out now are done with silver—and seem to be holding up just fine. I’d be interested to hear feedback on how these hold up over time, though.I assume Bronze is stronger? Harder to work with? Less toxic, or is it the smoke from the flux that is toxic?
I'm really curious about that too, you guys have been doing this way longer than I have, but even when I barely get a bead on and just wet the joint and get everything pretty flush I still can't break the silver soldered rings for the life of me. I should try ringing two jigs to each other and twisting them that way to get more impingement and up the stress concentration.I find bronze to hold far better. Even an over-heated, half-complete joint with bronze will be nearly impossible to twist apart. That said, silver works well, too, but gets very brittle with too much heat. The good silver joints look nice and smooth. Many of the “boutique” jigs out now are done with silver—and seem to be holding up just fine. I’d be interested to hear feedback on how these hold up over time, though.