Saturday, May 11, 2013

Easy Soldering with a Butane Lighter

By on Saturday, May 11, 2013 6 Comments

Put your hand up if you're so not into soldering!  Many people aren't keen perhaps because they don't like the idea of hot connections.  However, this technique is definitely useful as it could help you expand your jewelry making repertoire.

This video really intrigued me.  Firstly because it demonstrates the use of low temperature solder which comes not as a wire but as a paste.  Secondly, the instructor uses just a butane lighter - you know the kind that you use to light barbeques and birthday candles.  The butane lighter is ubiquitous in most households so it does save on having to buy a soldering iron.

This is probably the easiest soldering technique to start with.  The low temperature solder will work with brass, bronze, stainless steel and nickel.  It will not work for other metals like silver which needs higher temperatures.  But you have to admit, it's okay to start practicing with cheaper metals like brass.

Hat tip to reader Jacqueline Marchant for letting me know about this video.

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  1. really cool..nice video...what are those stone like things she used in the container? I just got a micro torch for soldering but am unable to find a magnesia block or base for soldering, so I am looking at options

  2. I can't begin to say how great this is. I've always wanted to learn silver solder but investing in all the equipment and the coast of the class (last time I checked it was over $300). Also the thought of working with such hot torches was intimidating, however this looks very do-able for someone like myself.
    Thank you for finding and posting this information. :)

  3. Not sure what the stones are. I got my firing block or rather brick a place that made bricks for chimneys. Try places like that.

    This method will at least let beginners know if they would like to continue with soldering before investing in a too much money.

  4. Thanks for the info!!!!! Never would have guessed it could be done using a butane lighter.

  5. Thank you so mush for this tut.I bought brass hair barrett's about 26yrs ago and one of them broke now I can fix them!

  6. Wow.This is really cool. Looks so doable, & without the big investment. Who'd of thunk it?! Thanks so much for sharing Pearl.