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How to Solder Silver: 8 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow

How to Solder Silver

Soldering is the process of joining 2 metal components through the addition of a filler metal. It has numerous applications, including joining copper plumbing pipe, affixing electrical components to circuit boards, and joining pieces of silver jewelry together. Each of these types of soldering involves a different level of heat and a different set of tools. Follow the steps below to learn how to solder silver for jewelry making applications.

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Prepare your work surface for soldering. As a work surface, you will need a soldering brick; these can be purchased at craft stores or jewelry supply stores,

and look much like a building brick. You can also use a kiln brick or a regular building brick, although a building brick will degrade over time due to the high heat.

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Cut your solder into tiny chips. For soldering silver jewelry, you must use silver solder. It can be purchased from jewelry supply stores or craft stores, and comes in

a long, thin wire. Cut off a tiny chip of the solder using wire cutters for each joint you need to solder.

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Position your silver components to be joined. Lay the 2 components next to each other on the soldering brick. Position them exactly as you want them to be

joined, noting that they must be physically touching to be joined properly.

Apply flux to the joint. You must use borax flux when soldering silver; this product can also be purchased from a jewelry supply store. Mix some of the borax flux with

a few drops of water in a jar until it has the consistency of a thin paste. Use a small paintbrush to apply the flux paste onto the joint, being careful to apply it only where you need the solder to go. When heated, the solder will flow wherever the flux is applied.

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Position the solder onto the joint. Use a pair of tweezers to pick up a solder chip and gently place it directly onto the joint between the 2 silver components.

Heat the solder until it melts. Light your butane torch and adjust the heat to its

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highest setting. Begin by holding the torch about 4 inches (10 cm) away from the joint, moving it constantly in small circles to ensure even heating of all components. Slowly move the flame closer to the joint, focusing it on the solder. When the solder reaches its melting point, it will quickly melt and be pulled onto the fluxed areas of the silver. If you need to reposition any of the components during this process, you can do so with a pair of tweezers.

Clean your silver jewelry in a pickle bath. "Pickle" is a dried compound that can be purchased from jewelry supply stores. When dissolved in water, it creates an

acid bath used to clean the jewelry after soldering. Dissolve a pinch of the pickle into a jar of water, and lower the jewelry into the bath by stringing a small length of copper wire through it. Never lower anything made from steel into the pickle, as it will react with the acid. The pickle bath can be corrosive at a high concentration, so be careful not to let it contact your skin.


Rinse the jewelry off. After soaking the jewelry briefly in the acid bath, rinse it off with water and then pat it dry with a clean cloth.

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Things You'll Need

Soldering brick Silver solder Wire cutters Silver jewelry Borax flux Water Glass jar Small paintbrush Tweezers

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Butane torch Pickle Copper wire Clean cloth

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