Wednesday, 9 December 2009

STAMPINGTON - HOW TO SOLDER VIDEO

Bless Stampington - they are now doing instructional videos on YouTube! So for all you soldering fans who are a little unsure of what to do... here you are!





Blade Rubber has lots of soldering supplies: the glass slides, frames, copper tape, alchohol inks, collage materials. For the actual solder and a soldering iron, try DIY stores and computer/electronic shops like Maplins.

Copyright Susie Jefferson
Here are my tips on how to solder safely:

Glass (depending on thickness) can resist a certain amount of shock, but is susceptible to heat changes.

Metal is very efficient in transmitting heat - so let soldered pieces cool down periodically. Overheating can damage your piece irreversibly (scorching paper and causing the glass to crack).
  • Glass will also show every little mark: fingerprints, smudges of glue or paint – so clean any glass you wish to use with a proprietary glass cleaner and kitchen roll on BOTH sides. Where possible, handle at the edges.
  • Wash your hands in soap and water – to work successfully with glass, your hands need to be absolutely grease-free.
  • Work on a heat-proof surface to protect work tops from any solder drips.
  • If you don’t wear glasses and are cutting glass, you need to wear safety glasses or goggles. (If not cutting glass, sensible working practices should suffice.)
  • Always use a proper glass cutter, not a tile cutter.
  • Always work in a well lighted and well ventilated area.
  • If you are susceptible to fumes, have a respiratory infection or are suffering from a cold or cough, you might wish to wear a dust mask.
  • Always use LEAD-FREE solder. Any fumes you might notice will not be harmful.
  • DON’T buy a soldering iron from your local discount store and also don’t buy one from a stained glass store (neither has a temperature control, and too high a temperature will crack your project).
  • Always unplug your soldering iron if you step away from your work station (even if only for a minute to answer the phone etc). It’s a good idea to let it cool down anyway – too much heat is bad for your glass.
Having said all that - go for it! It's a lot of fun!

1 comment:

  1. What great tips!!! I have not tried soldering yet but I will put it on my To Do List for 2010.Love your holiday vintage designs on your blog.

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