Advice on Brass wire soldering Answered
Hi all :)
I'm totally new to soldering and want to make a project involving soldering two pieces of 12 gauge brass wire using 20 gauge brass solder.
My issue is the solder won't flow and the brass just darkens after a while of holding the torch to the metal.
Here's the equipment I'm currently using:
- Silver - 38% Copper - 32% Zinc - 28% Tin - 2% Melt Point - 1200º F (650º C) Flow Point - 1330º F (721º C)
- Solid Round Yellow Brass Wire. Metal : # 260 Yellow Brass. Melting point according to seller: 1650 to 1720º F
Torch: Micro torch Roburn MT 770P
Fuel: Bernzomatic Butane
Flux: Oatey No.95
- I clean and sand (using sandpaper and/or a file) the brass wire, and the solder.
- Apply flux liberally
- Apply heat using just in front of the inner cone (flame is totally blue with a slight hiss), starting on the sides of the wire and working my way to the joint.
The metal glows but doesn't stay very much.
Do I need a propane torch? What am I doing wrong?
Thanks so much!