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
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the comments. I always forget that. I will see you guys in the next video. Okay, bye!

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