Re: I really messed up a soldering job
hey, send me an email. I can give you some soldering tips, as well as were to find solder.
as for silver solder. There are 4 different temps.
I would suggest going with the extra easy stuff. It will flow (melt) quick, and do a good job sticking stuff together. Although if you're working on silver this solder may leave more of a yellow mark around the piece.
As for cleaning off the low temp stuff, get a few good small files and some sand paper. I dont' like using dremel (or flex shaft) tools if I don't have to.
you may want to get some pickle or cleaning acids from a jewelery supply place, (or whatever horn repair people use) to make sure the metal is clean enough.
there are a few different ways to silver solder something...
stick, pick, or little pieces sitting on the metal.
I mostly like to put the solder bits on the metal as I'm heating it up. This way I know everything is in place when the metal is up to temp. I've also stick soldered, which is touching the "stick" of solder to the joint... it's quick, easy, but it can be messy.
remeber to flux the joint well!
also, (my experence) the area of the joint just needs to be up to temp, not the whole piece! and try to keep the heat away from bezels and anything too thin... since stuff like that can melt before you know what's going on! (experence)
good luck, and email me if you have any more questions!