Did you know that soldering has been defined as working with temperatures of less than 800ºF (450ºC)? But the silver solders that jewelers use start melting (in most cases) at temperatures of over 1000ºF. This higher-temperature process, which is commonly used in our industry, is technically defined as brazing. So, shouldn’t our silver solders more accurately be called silver-brazing materials? Don’t worry, were not going to change their names! But what accounts for this common misnomer? How does a jeweler know that he/she is choosing the right solder or flux for the job? There are so many confusing details related to soldering, brazing, and fluxes that I thought I’d ask our resident expert Mark Nelson to help me sort things out.

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