Copper art- Copper has the characteristic of being flexible and it is very famous as copper art is very attractive and detailed due to that character. Copper art doesn’t include only home decor but also copper ornaments and used in refrigerators, fireplaces, etc., The well-known wonder – “Statue of liberty” itself contains 160,000 pounds of copper in it. Sweating copper pipe and soldering copper artworks are no different from each other. Artwork would involve minute pieces to be soldered which would need extra care and handling of right temperature.
How to solder procedure: Soldering Basics
Copper uses a much lower melting point metal as its solder. Select the solder carefully based on the purpose or location of the artwork.
Step 1: Assemble the pieces or sheets required for the artwork. Cut out the shapes from the sheets or trim the copper wires to the required length. Using a filing tool remove burs from the edges. Clean and sand all components to be soldered.
Step 2: Be it a smaller part or a larger part, copper needs to be soldered to hold them in place. Applying flux makes the job possible. Even if the joint of two ends of copper wire look close enough, rub a tiny amount of flux and heat them.
Step 3: Hold them in position to handle the flames in the correct angle and evenly.
Step 4: How to solder properly: When the heat makes the copper to glow red, hold the fire over the area to be soldered and start touching with the soldering wire. Let the flame lick the solder for few seconds to make sure the copper has sucked up the solder.
Step 5: Rub the edges, rims or corners with sand paper to make them get a shine on them. Keep checking the fit of the pieces after every step to ensure you are in place.
Step 6: How to solder copper when soldering a flat surface, Place the two pieces together and heat them up. Do not concentrate the flame towards the centre. Instead move the torch in circles and to evenly spread the head. When the metal glows quickly start touching with the solder and check for any missed spot before cooling them down.
Note: When heating, the size of the copper is to be taken into account. When more heat is applied the metal will glow in an orange shade, indicating its close to its melting point and will be devoid of soldering, or glow yellow, indicating it has melted and would flop down into a ball of metal.