How to Solder Brass Candlesticks

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How to Solder Brass Candlesticks
Brass is a popular metal for candlesticks. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Soldering is a process used to bond two pieces of metal along a seam, corner or joint. The bond is formed by liquefying a piece of solder wire with a heating iron and applying it to the seam. A well-placed solder can repair any piece of broken metal. Instead of replacing one of your expensive brass candlesticks, repair it with a patch of solder. With a few simple soldering tools, your candlestick will be illuminating rooms for years to come.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scouring pad
  • Soldering fluid
  • Soldering pad
  • Pins
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder wire
  • Small metal file (optional)
  • Brass polish (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rub the ends of the joints (parts to be connected) of the brass candlestick with a scouring pad. This removes any dirt and oil, which might weaken the solder.

  2. 2

    Coat the ends of the joints with a light layer of soldering fluid, also known as flux. The fluid helps strengthen the solder as it hardens.

  3. 3

    Assemble the joints of the brass candlestick as desired on top of the soldering pad. The pad is a simple platform made of a pin cushion-like material. Insert pins around the outside of the candlestick pieces to suspend them just above the bed -- this will hold the joints together as you solder.

  4. 4

    Pre-heat the edges of the joints with a soldering iron to prepare them for application of the solder.

  5. 5

    Bring a section of soldering wire into the path of the iron, just above the connection point of the joints. Heat the wire until it liquefies and drips into the seam.

  6. 6

    Continue melting and applying solder until the seam is filled. Allow the solder to harden for two to four hours.

  7. 7

    Turn the candlestick over, and apply solder to the other side of the seam. Allow the solder to harden for two to four hours.

  8. 8

    File away any excess solder from the seam and polish, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • All soldering supplies can be found at your local hardware store or crafts retailer.
  • Use caution when handling the soldering iron -- it is extremely hot. Also be mindful of the liquid solder --this also is very hot.
  • Do not allow children or pets near your work area.

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