General Question About Lead Free Solder?



I have a few questions in regards to using lead free solder and where I can get it from?

The problem I have is that I am wanting a leadlight design to be used in one of my kitchen doors, however I have 2 little children that are constantly touching my doors and therefore I cannot use lead came ect.

I have been told I can get around this problem by useing copper foil and also using lead free solder. So I'm just wanting to know where I can get the lead free solder from? Is it the same lead free solder thats available from Dick Smith stores? (they use it for electronics) or is it a special solder?

I have also been told that it requires a different technique to using standard solder? also the black polishing stuff (sorry cannot remember the name I am new to this stuff)thats applied to the finished product is there a alternative to this stuff as I have heard it has a lot of lead in it as well?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Yours sincerely,
Chris

Answer

Hi folks...this is from a person that emailed me asking about an alternative to lead came for his cuoboard doors that small children would be touching. I suggested copper foil and lead free solder. However, I have to admit that I have never used lead free solder, so I suggested that he ask here. I'm sure some of you have used it and could give hime some advise on techniques such as flux, iron temperature, running a bead, etc.
Thanks for any help you can give him.
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Chris, you can get lead free solder from most stained glass retail shops. I'd stay away from the electronics solder. It is usually a very fine wire and using the right amount to get a nice bead takes quite a learning curve. Also,some electronics solder has a resin flux core. The resin is almost impossible to clean off your glass. You'll know there is a resin core by the odor it gives off while you're soldering. It smells like pine.

I hope you'll get some comments from people reading this.

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Mar 28, 2012
Lead free solder
by: otakumom

Fire Mountain Gems carries lead free solder, copper foil, flux and glass shapes to make tinned copper pendants. They have all the supplies you need for this.

Jan 25, 2009
Lead Free Solder
by: Lisa Seger

Hi, I have used the lead free solder on one of my transoms, only because I had run out of the 60/40 solder I normally use. I noticed a difference right away, in that the solder doesn't flow as evenly or smoothly as the 60/40 mix. Also, it required constantly applying the flux, and the end result was a very shiny rolled solder line. Another suggestion.... if you want a sturdier window, the lead came is your best bet. You can protect your children and others in the house from the lead poisoning by using a large piece of clear glass overtop of the stained glass. You would then just frame both into your wood frame and seal it with clear silicone. If this is an exterior door, you might consider putting clear glass on both sides (with the stained glass in the middle) so it is protected from the weather. I know, more work but if you are investing a lot of time and money in making this piece, you sure don't want the weather to harm it.

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