works on sterling/fine silver, 18K/fine silver, and Argentium silver Russian
filigree. Because it is a finer mesh, much less is needed
to accomplish the same job. Please follow the instructions
below in order not to use too much or flood your piece.
Warning: This product contains silver, bronze, copper, zinc,
and borax. Harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Let contents settle
before opening to prevent metal dust becoming airborne. May
cause skin irritation. SDS available upon request.
on your ventilation system.
filigree face down on compressed charcoal block.
open the jar. (Do not shake.)
stir the contents in case the metal has settled.
a small amount of the powdered solder into the jar lid.
several drops of distilled water in the lid to make a
thin paste with the powder.
paint the thin paste onto the filigree at
each point to be connected.
Let the piece dry for 5 minutes to prevent the moisture from causing the solder to "boil."
Solder by heating the whole piece.
Always use adequate ventilation!
unused powdered solder in the jar lid to the container.
To reconstitute, add more distilled water. Dried solder may be remixed indefinitely.
synthetic brushes work best.
Distilled water is a must!!! (Bottled
or tap water may cause problems.)
turns the powdered solder a slightly darker color, which
for any reason you need to re-flow a section of filigree
where the solder has already flowed and the piece has
been pickled, then you will need to flux that area with
paste flux to help the solder re-flow.
The solder sticks to the brush or is difficult to make adhere
to the filigree when applying.
sure you're using a cheap synthetic brush such as a flux
brush. Artists' brushes such as sable or other fine pointed
brushes intended for painting may cause the solder to
stick to the fibers instead of sticking to the filigree.
Mix more water into the powder in the lid.
The solder does not flow when heated.
sure that the piece is evenly heated and for long enough
to allow the solder to flow fully. It will mirror when
it flows just like wire or sheet solder.
sure to pickle in between rounds of soldering. The flux
in the Russian Filigree Powdered Solder will keep the
metals clean enough for one round of soldering, but there
may not be enough left to solder again without removing
the oxidation or adding more solder.
The filler wire won't solder to the frame.
Distilled water not tap or bottled water!
Water in certain areas may have high calcium, iron,
or other contents that can create soldering problems
by neutralizing the flux. Some bottled waters have minerals
in them that can neutralize the flux as well.
sure you're heating the frame enough for the solder
to flow onto it and not just into the filler wires.
you still have questions, or if you have tips you'd like to
share, please email Victoria
your convenience, VIctoria Lansford's Powdered Russian Filigree
Solder is now available. Save time and expense, buying already
powdered solder, pre-mixed with flux, and made especially
for Russian filigree. (1 jar lasts for months.)
.75 troy oz
for Russian Filigree
sure your frame sits flat on the steel block
any blobs of solder that may have pooled in the corners
of your frame
sure your frame wires are straight and not twisted or
tilted. This is extremely important when working with
square frame wire.
your filler wires won't stay in, and you're certain the
frame is straight, flat, and free of solder blobs, the
filler wire may not be straight from the loop to the end
of the curve. If needed, reshape it with tweezers.
sure that your filler wire is sufficiently flattened.
If it is too thick (not rolled enough), it may keep popping
out when you place it in the frame. Roll it through the
rolling mill again to make it slightly thinner. There
is no need to anneal it again before or after.
types of torches will work on small pieces, but an air/acetylene
works best on larger pieces (greater than 2" x 2").
My personal favorite is the Goss brand torch kit.
as with any silver soldering, heat your piece evenly all
over before concentrating on the area to be soldered.
Because silver is a good conductor of heat, it's possible
to get one area red hot (or even to melt it) without getting
the solder to flow. All over, even heat is the key.
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