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I'm new to the metal scene, having spent multiple years woodworking. I am now moving into arts and craft era style metal pieces and also metal spinning.
One question regarding the type of solder to use: soft solder or hard solder. The soldering would be for kettles, bowls, and steins. I understand the silver solder, which is used for hard soldering would be very expensive; is it necessary?

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Silver solder is hard, relatively pricy, requires high heat for application but strong. Most "regular" solders, have in the past, contained a lot of lead but today less so. If "food" is going to come in contact with any of the solder, be sure you use a "food safe" solder, one being a very high tin solder. Do a Google search for "food safe solder".