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I am interest in seldering with aluminum and stainless steel? Answered

I like to learn how to solder stainless steel and aluminum, and where I can order them?

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Welding Al is harder then steel - how much welding experience do you have?
The two metals together, I'd advise against trying, try another method.

L

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ajoe10
ajoe10

Answer 11 years ago

I don't want to weld the 2 metal together just like to know to how to do each one I make jewelry with different metal, and I know some people allgeric to nickel whick the sterling silver I am using they can't wear but these 2 metal they could, just try to widen my market.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

For jewelery you would be better not welding I think, as it gets difficult on a small scale.

L

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

11 years ago

There are many good tutorials online about soldering aluminum and stainless (check Google), but are you sure soldering is what you want? Also check into brazing and welding, as those techniques may be more suitable for whatever it is you're trying to do.

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ajoe10
ajoe10

Answer 11 years ago

I am making jewelry with the stainless steel and aluminum, I like to solder the ring close and making design with the wires.

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Answer 11 years ago

Sounds like soldering would be the way to go, then.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

...but you can't weld aluminium to stainless. You CAN braze or solder them.

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Answer 11 years ago

Quite so. Just trying to cover the bases in the absence of any details about what we're trying to accomplish....

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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

If you end up welding stainless steel, only do it outside with lots of ventilation.  Stainless steel may vent cadmium and other bad metals when melted during welding.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 11 years ago

Cadmium ? Chromium, sure, but I don't know any standard series stainless with any cadmium in 'em - its too volatile. Damned stuff boils at 800 C

Steve

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 11 years ago

You might be right.  Probably are.  I don't use any of the stuff but picked up the info when researching an electrolysis project.  Thanks for pointing that out.  Still not good to breath the fumes.

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seandogue
seandogue

11 years ago

TIG is your best bet in either case, but aluminum can be welded using a MIG rig.

You will ot be able to weld aluminum to stainless steel. period. Generally speaking, "welding" requires use of Metal A to Metal A, not metal A to metal B