Can you sculpt with solder?

Solder is best for small sculptures. For large scale pieces, you will need to use a heavy-duty welding method, but for smaller pieces such as wire and pipe sculpture, soldering is safer and less likely to damage the piece.

How do you solder wire sculptures?


  1. Clean off your work area.
  2. Screw the torch head onto the propane tank.
  3. Cut the wire and bend it with the needle-nose pliers (most needle-nose pliers have a wire cutter built in).
  4. Choose two points which will be soldered together.
  5. Twist the wire ends of the two points to be soldered together into a “J” shape.

What metal is solder?

Solder is a metal alloy usually made of tin and lead which is melted using a hot iron. The iron is heated to temperatures above 600 degrees fahrenheit which then cools to create a strong electrical bond.

Can you solder craft wire?

Keep in mind that craft wire isn’t good for soldering or fusing projects—save those for the quality metals.

Can you solder copper craft wire?

It flows and melts around the same temperature as hard-grade silver solder, so you can easily solder links, small bezels, and other basic joins with a butane micro torch. 16-gauge copper wire link with 18-gauge copper solder.

What are the disadvantages and drawbacks of soldering?

Disadvantages of soldering

  • Careful removal of the flux residuals is required in order to prevent corrosion;
  • Large sections cannot be joined;
  • Fluxes may contain toxic components;
  • Soldering joints can not be used in high temperature applications;
  • Low strength of joints.

What do you use craft wire for?

Ideal for making jewelry, sculpting wirework, and even home fixes, craft wire is a versatile material for creative tasks that call for custom supports. Made of metal—typically aluminum or copper—it has some level of flexibility to allow artists to create angular bends, curves, spirals, and more.

What is a soft soldering?

Soldering is the term for establishing a firmly bonded connection by using solder material, where only the solder reaches a molten condition. With temperatures up to 450°C, this process is termed soft soldering, with temperature in excess of 450°C the proper term is brazing.

How do you make a sculpture out of solder?

The solder should start to turn translucent. Hold the solder in the hand that you write with, with the end just over the fluxed area. Move the heated tip or flame to the solder. It will melt very quickly. Allow one or two drops to fall on the flux, then pull the heat away. Adjust the piece with tweezers while the solder is melted if necessary.

Do you need flux for solder wire sculpture?

Yes, you will need flux, a gas torch and a brazing rod. All are available at a hardware store. Thanks! Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.

What’s the best way to seller a sculpture?

Apply heat to the flux using the tip of the soldering iron or the flame. The solder should start to turn translucent. Hold the solder in the hand that you write with, with the end just over the fluxed area.

What kind of solder do you use for jewelry?

Nunn Design Brass Stampings are a great stand-alone accent in their raw brass form and they can also be used with soft solder or colorized with Swellegant and Vintaj Patinas. Nunn Design Brass Stampings are sold in packs of 5, 10 or 25 depending on their size. We offer a variety of themes from Nature, […]