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Soldering Techniques

by Terri McCarthy

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create these "How to" videos. In these two basic soldering videos, learn how to solder an earring post to create an earring with textured metal and in the second video, Terri demonstrates a technique using white-out to keep solder exactly where you want it, eliminating solder in unwanted areas.

The tools and supplies are listed below.




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360° Rotating Soldering Pan with Pumice - 12 in 360 Rotating Soldering Pan with Pumice - 12" diameter

12" diameter rotating soldering pan with detachable Third Hand and pumice

Price: $64.25
Four Round Groove Shaping Block Dapping Block - Hardwood - Large Round

Dapping Block - Hardwood - Large Round

Block includes 4 circles at 3/4" deep with diameters measuring at 4", 3-1/2", 3" and 2-1/2".

Price: $26.50
Handy Flux 7 oz Handy Flux 7 oz

Handy Flux

Durable and powerful general purpose flux that protects your parts up to 1600F / 870C. It is an active fluoride-type flux which is appropriate for all nonferrous metals and begins to melt and dissolve oxides at 600F / 320C. Paste formula can be cleaned up with hot water. If you are using one of our paste solders, you do not need this flux. Paste solder has the flux already mixed in. You'll need flux when you solder using chip or wire solder. Handy-Flux can be used on gold, silver, brass, and copper, however most jewelers prefer this type for silver.

Price: $9.80
Jewelry Shape Template - Tapered Drops Large 1 Jewelry Shape Template - Tapered Drops Large 1

Jewelry Shape Template - Tapered Drops Large 1

Our special surface makes it easy to find these templates on your workbench, but allows clarity for positioning.

View the videos below for ideas on how our templates can be used. Utilize the graduated sizes and different shapes to make endless design variations.

Use our Ultra Clay Pick for best results!


Includes 8 drop shapes, 2 styles. Sizes are from 27mm to 75mm.

Price: $6.95
Little Dipper Pickle Pot  - Pickle Pot Little Dipper Crock Pot - Pickle Pot

Use this studio sized crock pot to hold your pickle or other warm liquids at a constant temperature.

Price: $24.95
Multi-Purpose Artist Container - Glass Multi-Purpose Artist Container - Glass

Multi-Purpose Artist Container - Glass

This container features an indented design that allows placement of your paint brush across the top in between use.

Price: $5.20
Cool Tools Patina Gel - Liver of Sulfur in Gel Form - 2 oz Patina Gel - 2 oz - Liver of Sulfur in Gel Form

Cool Tools Patina Gel

Liver of sulfur in a stabilized gel form. Made in the USA.

Cool Tools Patina Gel is liver of sulfur in a stabilized gel form. Not only is it the most convenient, easiest way to use liver of sulfur, but amazingly it does not degrade in light and air the way dry and liquid liver of sulfur does.

Cool Tools Patina Gel is economical. Use only what you need with our no-mess dispenser spout. No more digging for the "right sized chunk" or wasting pieces that are too large. No more throwing out a whole container because the lid was not on just right. Patina Gel is always fresh and always ready to use, and just a few drops is all you need.

Cool Tools Patina Gel is safe. Ordinary lump sulfur is flammable. Cool Tools Patina Gel's unique chemistry makes it non-flammable and safe for international shipping.


Price: $9.95
Silver Prep Non-Toxic Pickle Mix Silver Prep Non-Toxic Pickle Mix

Silver Prep Non-Toxic Pickle Mix

Silver Prep is an all natural non-toxic pickle mix that is used to dissolve surface oxidation and flux residue from a metal's surface. It can be used as a traditional pickle for fine silver, sterling silver, copper and gold. Silver Prep is used to depletion gild sterling silver to fire directly in metal clay or to fuse metal clay directly to sterling silver during firing.

Silver Prep allows you to fire sterling silver directly with precious metal clay. You can apply metal clay to sterling silver or embed sterling silver into metal clay and fire together in the kiln or with a torch. Any item made of sterling silver (including Argentium) can be embedded and fired in place. PMC3 is recommended for kiln firing, however PMC Plus or PMC3 can be used when firing with a torch. SilverPrep is easy to use, non-toxic, organic and earth friendly! SilverPrep can be saved and used again and again.

Watch our video below showing how to co-fire sterling silver and precious metal clay to add strong sterling findings to your metal clay creations. Click on our Silver Prep Instructions to download instructions for using our Natural Pickle Mix.

Price: $8.25
Silver Solder Cut Pieces - Easy .040" Silver Solder Cut Pieces - Easy .040"

Easy solder flows at 1325F.

1/2 oz: $19.40
Solder Cutting Pliers Solder Cutting Pliers

Use to cut solder or granules from wire or sheet.

Price: $19.50
Textured Metal - Banana Leaves - Copper Textured Metal - Banana Leaves - Copper

Textured Metal - Banana Leaves - Copper

Textured Metal - Cobblestone - Copper Textured Metal - Cobblestone - Copper

Textured Metal - Cobblestone - Copper

Textured Metal - Gehry's Dreams - Copper Textured Metal - Gehry's Dreams - Copper

Textured Metal - Gehry's Dreams - Copper

Textured Metal - Mini Wave - Brass 22 gauge Textured Metal - Mini Wave - Brass 22 gauge

22 gauge brass sheet. Approximately 2" x 6".

Price: $8.45
Textured Metal - Sun Rays - Fine Silver Textured Metal - Sun Rays - Fine Silver

Textured Metal - Sun Rays - Fine Silver