brass

Help with brazing brass pls?

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Ok, so I'm trying to join a few bits of hammered brass together using silver easy solder. The metal is clean (acid bath followed by isopropyl alcohol), plenty of flux in all the right places. the solder is fluxed and positioned, the whole piece is gently warmed then the join site heated. the flux bubbles etc, the metal gets hot to the point of glowing pink. but no movement from the solder. one piece has balled up, the other has not even melted. none of the solder has actually gone anywhere. By this point I am steadily becoming more and more frustrated and grumpy. have applied the same technique to silver a few times before, sometimes it works, sometimes does exactly the same thing. and the same technique applied to silver without the alcohol clean produced the same mixed results as with it.


Brass Repousse Box

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Brass Repousse Box

This design was based on some sort of sea dwelling microorganism.


picture frame texture close up

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picture frame texture close up

close up of texture on brass


patinated brass picture frame

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patinated brass picture frame

5x7 Brass picture frame made as a gift. Hand hammered texture, machined groove for glass and photo, TIG welded together from rear


brass door knocker and patterns

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brass door knocker and patterns

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brass door knocker and patterns

Being an engraver I try to make items to be engraved. In this case a brass door knocker with 2 nicely proportioned engraving areas.
My metal projects usually begin as wood projects.
Before I can make any sand castings, I must make the patterns. I usually work with a good grade of plywood, car body putty and a lot of elbow grease.


my place in the sun

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my place in the sun

800mm x 800mm


engraving and foundry

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I am hoping to learn and help here.
I have been a professional engraver for over 25 years.
In the last few years I have built a brass sand casting foundry and am currently producing parts.
I hope that I can share with others here on these subjects.


Quercus Rubra

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Quercus Rubra

The seven individual leaves are 18GA C260 Brass from www.onlinemetals.com, the leaf stems are Lowes Brass picture hanging wire, and the branch is Lowes Copper common house hold ground wire. I have around 150 hrs in it with the soldering being the most tedious part.


Brass oak leaf cluster

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Brass oak leaf cluster

This is my latest and unfinished project. All that remains is to solder all the indiviual leaf stems to a common branch stem (gulp). I'm mostly worried about previous solder joints coming undone, any helpful commens would be appreciated. There are additional pictures of this and other projects of mine at:


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