Stained Glass Soldering
What's the secret to smooth solder lines?
For stained glass soldering you will need a soldering iron.
There is a wide variety of different manufacturers, types and sizes of soldering irons.
Most soldering irons range from 60 to 150 watts with tip sizes ranging from 1/8" to 3/8".
Some Things to Consider When Choosing Your Iron
If it is not comfortable, then this will more than likely show up in your solder lines.
Price is important, however, a good quality soldering iron will last for years and give professional results.
Soldering Iron Stand
After choosing your soldering iron, you will need to purchase a soldering iron stand.
The stand can be simple or elaborate.
The simple ones hold your iron and sponge, whereas, the more expensive ones will have a built-in temperature controller, iron stand, sponge, power cord, a solder roll holder, flux bottle well, brush holder and a catch-all tray.
Needless to say, the more elaborate ones will cost more.
If your iron does not include a built-in temperature controller, then you'll definitely need a separate controller.
Using a temperature controller will maintain a constant temperature for your iron.
Without a temperature controller, soldering irons tend to cool down after 5 to 10 minutes of use.
Tinning blocks are used to clean any carbon build up that collects on the tip of your iron.
It's easy to use, just rub the tip of the hot iron against the block.
A small 1/2 pound block will seem to last forever.
Soldering irons are really safe and easy to use.
With proper care and use, your soldering iron will last for many years.
You bought your soldering equipment.
Ready to start?
Check out Instructions on How To Make Stained Glass
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