Step 2: Solder the object to the large piece of metal

Prepare your object for soldering, commander.

Tin the leads / wire you are going to solder onto the wire.
Once again, don't be afraid to use a lot of solder; Solder IS your only friend that enjoys getting poked with a soldering iron.

Once tinned, tin the tip on your soldering iron, leave a good glob of solder on the tip.

Swipe your iron tip, glob facing down, over the solder patch on the piece of metal.
You want to get some solder onto the solder on the metal, and make sure that when you finish the solder that you just put on is shiny. If it isn't shiny, torch it until it is and try again.

Now, hold the lead / wire over the new, shiny patch of solder and again swipe your soldering iron over the lead / wire, pushing down slightly. The solder that you recently put onto the patch should melt and merge with the solder on the lead / wire.

How big is that wire? 12gauge, 14gauge? <br>
Okay, but what about soldering pieces of galvanized wire together? What type of solder can you use? The ending result is jewellery, so it's quite fine pieces I want to join. I have a lightweight blowtorch and a roll of solid, lead-free solder, but it's not cored... can I get away with NOT using flux?
Heh - flux is the superhero of the soldering world - it lets you do <em>everything</em>. <br/><br/>I'd use silver-bearing solder and tons of (external) flux. I've never tried soldering galvanized wire - it will most definitely interfere with the process though. You might want to try and scrape off the coating where you're going to make your joints. <br/><br/>Good luck!<br/>
Do you need flux to solder? I have acid core solder.
i prefer to solder using the torch on its own, but well thought out BTW, you can get little pencil flame torches with soldering iron tips
Yesssss, I need to get some of those. Thanks for your approval. =)<br/>
you can also buy a solder gun (would be cheaper than a propane torch). I've used solder guns to solder really big pieces of metal (really thick cable, maybe six times as thick and a lot longer than the metal shown in the pictures) effectively.
Oh, wow. I wasn't aware of the power of said solder guns. Yeah, that would be a great alternative. Unfortunately, I don't have one, but I do have a propane torch lying around. I guess if you had a solder gun that would be the best method.
the thick cable I mentioned was not solid cable, it was stranded, I think that makes it easier to solder (higher surface area to accept heat).
Yes, that would certainly make it easier to solder. My method is a lot like sweating pipes in plumbing. However, rather than joining pipes, you are joining a small wire or component to a large piece of metal.
There is to be had a contact soldering tip (like the one on your electric iron, only bigger) that you fit to the end of the propane torch. The flame heats the tip, tip heats the joint.

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