soldering iron is used to melt solder onto the seams between pieces
of glass. This one, by Weller, has automatic temperature control that
keeps it at an ideal temperature of around 700 degrees. This is a worthwhile
feature to pay for and makes soldering a breeze.
to care for your tip:
soldering, brush a small amount of flux on your copper foil or other
surface you want to solder on. Flux is an acid that cleans any impurities
or oxidation from the copper foil. If you forget to flux, the solder
will misbehave and not stay where you want it to. This is a very common,
but easily recognizable mistake.
the iron nearly parallel to the glass (similar to the picture above).
the narrow side of the tip to the foil seam and feed the solder into
the wide side of the tip.
wipe the tip of your iron on a wet cellulose sponge to keep it clean.
- An easy
way to solder is to feed the solder into the left side of the tip
while moving to the left as well. This way the iron melts the solder
and then drags over it, resulting in a smooth, rounded 'bead'.
- As solder
contains lead, never eat, drink or smoke while working with stained
glass. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you are
finished. Also, if you are pregnant, playing with lead is a poor idea.
all, use your head and be safe. Always use a soldering iron stand
and only solder in a well ventilated area.
you are finished soldering, let your iron cool and on occasion loosen
the tip to prevent it from rusting together over time.
dip your iron in flux to clean it! This is the single worst thing
you can do to your tip. It will corrode away in no time.
the tip of your iron becomes too oxidized, it may not be able to melt
solder as readily. To clean it, melt a little solder on the tip and
rub all the sides on a block of Sal-Ammoniac (available at any stained