Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

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herescloud8 years ago
Hi, am new to this and cannot locate a supplier for the cleaning acid or "pickle"! any suggestions. Please forgive me if this is not the correct forum for this question! Thank you........herescloud
SFLTracey (author)  herescloud8 years ago
Hi Herescloud. I bought my flux and product to pickle (they are two different things) at a local store. I am still new to this but maybe you can get a product that has both? I like to order off ebay as it is easy and inexpensive so you could check there. The costs for what I paid at the local store were more expensive than ebay but at that time I was new to soldering and wanted to make sure I had the right stuff.
SFLTracey (author) 8 years ago
Hi everyone. Thanks for your comments. With practice I am getting better. I bought a sheet of silver solder a few months ago off ebay and am finally using it. It is impossible to cut with my cutters...the ones I usually use for silver. Any suggestions? Also, I thought I could use the solder for copper wire. I was making a piece of jewelry and the solder is not working.
when you are soldering you should be using a flux to protect your silver from staining and to allow the solder to run into the join. Brush the join part of the jump ring with flux. And make sure you clean the jump ring first so it doesn't have the oils from your fingers on it. Cut a small square of silver solder, shouldn't be more then 1 to 2 mm square. Using a paintbrush pick up the solder and place it on the join. Heat up the part of the jewellery away from the join first and the join last. The solder will "run" towards to the heated part of your piece of jewellery. hope that helps!
SFLTracey (author) 8 years ago
Thanks for the feedback. I have soldered a few items for a necklace and bracelet. It came out okay. Some rings looked like it had too much silver solder on them so the ring isn't even. Considering I am teaching myself to do this it is trial and error. I just looked at the tutorial on instructables again. I'll try the suggestion above now that I am getting more comfortable with the flame. Thanks!
The video Instructable is a good place to start. I'd recommend doing a dry run first -- no flame, just get used to the motions of the process. For soldering jump rings, you can cut small squares of sheet silver solder (or hammer flat some silver solder wire) and have them on a carbon block near your jump rings. Heat a ring carefully -- wire is easy to overheat. Once it's hot, quickly melt a square of silver solder, pick it up with a solder pick (this will take a little practice), transfer to the seam in the ring, and heat a little more to have it wick into the ring. I find this is easier than trying to position the solder before it's melted, but maybe that's just me. Good luck!
LinuxH4x0r8 years ago
Make sure to get silver solder for use with jewelry. I haven't worked with it yet, but I've heard its very easy to use.