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Soldering Silver Wire on Copper

I love combining metals! One technique that I like to use is to solder sterling silver wire onto sheet copper. Some examples of this are:

copper soldered flower earringsCopper and sterling with green dangles

This technique is tricksy because you have to get the copper really hot with the torch, but not so hot that you melt the silver. It is worth it, though. The end result is a rough but delicate look that allows the silver to really stand out.

Copper and sterling with green dangles

Sadly, I still haven’t figured out which torch I am going to use. I bought one online from a random seller (mistake!) and when it arrived it was not the correct torch! I tried to return it, but their phones have been mysteriously down since my purchase. Hmmmm…. Very suspect! I learned my lesson.

In addition to the torch, there are a bunch of other things that go along with soldering that I have to find or buy. A fire block, a charcoal block, flux, pickle, a pickle pot, etc. Sigh. So many projects on hold.

One of the things I have been thinking about trying is a copper bangle or cuff with the silver details. I like to use Zen Brush to brainstorm. Here is what I have so far:

Copper cuff idea

It wouldn’t be all wobbly, but it is hard to draw on a touch screen! I would have to solder onto a flat sheet and then shape it into the cuff.

What do you think?