How Is a Solder Pick Used in Jewelry Making?

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Why?

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A solder pick is a small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place. Be careful not to get the metal too near the flame, or it will melt. Also, take care not to fuse the solder to the solder pick. However, titanium and tungsten solder picks have a tendency to resist solder. Tungsten burns at a higher temperature and is recommended for soldering platinum.

A soldering pick can be made out of a piece of dowel with the eye end of a big sewing needle stuck in the end. It's great for moving small pieces of solder to just the right place. A pick can also be used to pick up molten solder to put it where it is needed.

If you want to buy one Amazon, Gesswein and PepeTools have numerous styles of titanium solder picks available on their websites. They even come with cool, colored handles.

Soldering Pick Recommendations

PhotoNameTop Reviews on Amazon
Deluxe Titanium Soldering...image Deluxe Titanium Soldering Pick

"I was hesitant to purchase this due to the price, (since it is so easy to make one at home from a coat hanger sharpened and placed in a wooden dowel). The difference is amazing as the silver solder won't stick to the titanium unlike the other picks made from steel. Trying is believing." read more

Pepe Tools Carbide...image Pepe Tools Carbide Soldering Pick

"Wonderful soldering pick! So much more solid than the wood-&-steel picks at school. Doesn't heat up, feels solid in the hand, the steel holds up and is relatively easy to clean.read more

Deluxe Titanium Soldering...image Deluxe Titanium Soldering Pick Set

"These picks seem like a bargain. They are larger than a similar titanium pick I have. There are longer and the titanium shaft is larger in diameter than my other one and that may be ok because the older one is about half the diameter of these picks and was prone to overheating and I burned the tip off on a couple of occasions. What I will say is these picks are better suited for bigger soldering jobs and the previous one is better for finer work. So a person probably needs two sizes anyway. After all a person can't have too many tools can they????" read more

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Megan Coward, Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, GIA, Graduate Gemologist

Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.

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