Working with rose gold solder is a challenge many bench jewelers are familiar with — from color matching to getting the solder to flow easily, it can take a bit of trial and error to master the flow of rose gold soldering.
Below, find which solder suits your needs, then read on for tips for successful rose gold soldering.
Some jewelers prefer plumb solder because the color match is more accurate. Make sure the solder you choose has a lower flow point than your articles. Some hard solders don’t fall into this category. Our rose gold plumb solder is available in one-pennyweight sheets.
Although regulations permit a negative tolerance on soldered product, we advise using plumb solders for the karat on which you’re working.
Our paste solder is cadmium free and has a special formula that leaves little to no carbon residue, providing a clean assembly. It works best along joints that don’t require the solder to flow. Our paste solder is packaged in a syringe containing one pennyweight of rose gold solder and flux.
Paste solder is ideal for:
• Chain repair
• Fine detail work
• Small surfaces
• Tight spaces
• Mass assembly (especially with detailed jewelry like earrings, pendants, and filigree designs)
Tip: Use a little extra solder and heat it with a neutral-to-slightly-reducing flame — never an oxidizing flame.
Pre-cut chip solder saves you time on clipping sheet solder and is advantageous in certain soldering applications. For example: when sizing, you’ll eliminate excesses by using solder chips as opposed to clipping larger pieces from your coupons, which may lead to wasted time and material.
Each chip is 1 x 1 mm and supplied in one-pennyweight vials.
Repair solders are lower in karat than the work for which they’re recommended. In a repair job where you want to ensure the metal you’re working with won’t flow, use an easy repair solder. It will typically flow first due to its lower karatage. We sell our repair solder in one-pennyweight sheets. They’re an economical way to perform many solder tasks.
If your piece and solder aren’t clean, soldering will be difficult. Clean both in the ultrasonic. Use stainless steel tweezers (#57-7505) to dip the pieces in the ultrasonic solution (#54-4452:126455:T). Your ultrasonic may leave behind slight traces of residue, so don’t skip the next step.
The same basic rules apply to soldering earrings and posts: clean your pieces in the ultrasonic and place them and the solder in the pickle. You want to ensure there’s no oil, dirt, or traces of anything used for preparation. Basically — repeat all the cleaning steps above.
Once your solder and earring components are clean, continue with the steps below.