Soldering for Art & Crafting – 2 Ways

Soldering for Art & Crafting – 2 Ways


It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time to
learn something new. Today we’re going to talk about soldering for arts and crafts.
Just a quick note before we get started – make sure to protect your work surface.
The reason I tell you that is because I was so focused on shooting the
closer part of his video that I forgot to do it and now there’s a hole right through my
table, so don’t do that. There are a few different metals that you can use when
soldering but the easiest, the cheapest and what most people use is copper. Now
one of the main differences between working with soldering and electronics
and art and crafting is that with electronics most the time you’re working
with brand new wires. That means there’s no fingerprints on them, there’s no
oxidization -you’re not gonna have a really hard time getting the solder to adhere,
so you can just use the flux that’s already in the middle of the solder. With
art and crafting – maybe not so much. Most of the time. you’re generally gonna be
dealing with copper that’s been sitting out, it’s had a chance to oxidize and your
solder’s not gonna stick unless you do a little bit of extra work. That’s
where your flux comes in. Let’s take a look at this penny. Solder
isn’t gonna stick to anything this dirty so will take the flux and rub it and
see how it turns out? You can see how clean is getting from just a little bit
of rubbing and here’s how it looks after 20 seconds. Flux is awesome and you can get it in a couple
of forms. You can get it in this liquid form or you can get it in the gel form.
For art and crafting projects I’m going to recommend a liquid form. Generally
there’s going to be a couple of different ways to apply your solder. On the
penny, we’re gonna do the drop method. Make sure you brush another layer of
flux on top of your clean penny before you start applying your solder. Instead of
using your iron to heat the metal you want to apply the
soldered directly to the iron and you let it drop onto your copper. Then you
can use your iron to move it around. Depending on your application, this could
work great for your project especially if you want a lot of splatter drops on a
big piece of copper. I’m not a big fan of it just because I really like to have a
lot more control of my project. In the next clip we’re using some copper tape. We’re going
to get into this more in depth in our suncatcher project, but for the
time being I wanted to show you how you use your soldering iron to do a very
controlled line of solder. We’re going to put these slides side-by-side, flux them and
instead of dripping the solder down, we’re going to apply it to the iron and
then turn it sideways and basically paint it onto the copper tape. This way it can seep in between the two joints and soldering the pieces together. This takes
practice and as you might have noticed it’s been awhile since I’ve done this so
it’s not necessarily the prettiest thing ever, but once you do this a
few times you’ll get the hang of it. It’s also a lot of fun and there are a lot
of things you can use this for. Before you put it away, don’t forget to tin your iron. If you
don’t know how to do that, I will link the video up over here so you can go
back and take a look at it. It’s really short . It’s like less than two minutes.
That’s it for this tutorial and I will see you guys soon. If this has been
helpful give it a thumbs up. If you haven’t yet and you would like to join
the community make sure you subscribe… and if you have a question leave it in
the comments. I always forget that. I will see you guys in the next video. Okay, bye!

24 thoughts on “Soldering for Art & Crafting – 2 Ways

  1. Just found your channel…super helpful! Can I ask where you got the storage units behind you? I'm starting to feel like a craft hoarder. I have 4 Etsy shops and I'm about to open a 5th and I need to be better organized! Gotta go watch some more of your tutorials!

  2. Great video! My husband just introduced me to soldering and I immediately started thinking of crafting ideas. This video is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  3. I'm having a hard time getting my lead free solder to stick to an antique piece of metal. It sticks to the bail that I want to attach, but not to the camera shutter that I want to attach it to. I've cleaned the piece, sanded and roughed it up and fluxed it. Is it possible that my piece (camera shutter) isn't hot enough for the solder to stick? Should I try using a torch to heat it? Thanks

  4. Great personality! I'm going MAD and BROKE trying to solder crafting wire together! I'm not making jewelry but that's the closest videos I've found. Basically I'm making very small "frames",sorta. I need to weld small gauge wires together, bought from craft stores, as invisibly as humanly possible BUT SECURELY. Then I will coat them in a resin & solder those small pieces together. I will leave a small "tail" uncoated to solder. I've bought 2electrical soldering "pens". I've tried different solder, bought flux, and etc. NOT WORKING! I've seen finished work so I know it's possible but I only speak English and the artisans that do this type of work don't. U came across as knowledgeable. Can u, will u help me? This is how I'm gonna support myself, so my need is immediate. Weather u can help or not, Thank u!

  5. Well, I decided to contact the wire company ("Beadalon") directly. They informed me that ALL their craft and Artistic wire is coated in a thin plastic and is NOT solderable. So now I'm on the hunt for a wire supplier with nice wire that can be soldered. I need solid & uncoated 20 – 26 gauge wire. I bought a lower temp "Weller" soldering pen and finally I am learning to solder. I've practiced with wire I had to strip but it mars the wire no matter how careful I am. I thank you for your response & Keep up the great videos! ๐Ÿ˜

  6. pleasantly upbeat tempo and likewise for nice job on settings; informative, easy to follow along with your concise yet thorough and engaging introduction into artistic solderisminity… thank you: your tutorial is my first ever look into discovering and learning applications that will blend well and expand my metal work. this isnt a complaint, in fact i was kinda giggling at my usual as ever slow brained self had to play through a few times with several pauses and rewinds as i was jotting a info / materials list during your movie. once again not a complaint but you did have me on my toes and i dont think that is such a bad thing. wonderful job once again, and thank you for taking the time share your knowledge of this exciting medium here.

  7. Does it work for aluminum wire with coated color. Because using this method instead flame torch is awesome. I make flowers out of wire but I need to smooth ends that are pointy, with using big fire tools.

  8. I have a soldering iron kit that I bought in hobby craft because I want to make a metal stand for my rainbow loom dragons that I make and that is how I found you and I'm so glad i did I love the way you say about what happened to your table the first few times you tried lol that definitely sounds like something I would do so thanks for that x

  9. Hi, i'm wondering if you can join two copper wires together in the method and would it be strong enough to wear as jewellery

  10. Adding tape to projects like rings and ear cuffs changes the shape too much and creates lumps. Is there a liquid version of copper tape that I can use to solder pieces together? Anybody know? Thanks!!

  11. Can you help me out I have a question. My solder iron came and its huge.. the tip is a flat one but is 12mm long. Is this too big an iron for soldering jewerly?

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