Got some problems with copper wire who simply refuses to be soldered.....
I think the problem might be the bees wax I am using on the saw blades, just started that recently and it works super duper. I clean the places where I sawed the wire with a cloth and even put the bangles into my tumbler with the dish detergent to get (or rather try to get) the wax off. Do you guys do anything else to get your wax/burlife (?)/or whatever off?
Never tried pickling, good idea. I will try that. I ordered burr life in the States a fortnight ago, but it normally takes 6 weeks to reach me If the pickling does not work I will attempt the alcohol, I guess I can get that in a pharmacy (doubt that my nice portwine works )
Thanks for the tipps. I will let you know if something worked or if I threw the stuff around the room in frustration
I will use burr life in the future (it arrived last week and only took 4 weeks instead of 6 woohoo )
You got me thinking, Kevin, you have never heard of a beewax problem. I could not find anything in the internet either. That copper was part of aerial equipment from a amateur radio operator (I hope that is the correct word), I have used that kind of copper before but not from that particular person. Just for fun (when I have time) I will try a different batch of copper wire as well, just to be on the sure side....
I hate mysteries...when ever I read one I get so caught-up in trying to solve it, rereading constantly. I want to solve this more then you do...I'd guess.
I have both alcohol and hand lotion on my work table. I will clean my hands with it before I work some times to remove oils. It dries out my hands so that's why the lotion is there too. I can't think of anything alcohol doesn't work on. There are usually better products to get specific jobs done but it's so convenient.
One last thing, have you ever gone to Ganoskin. It's website for metalsmiths. There's some really famous jewelers that hang out there.
Hm.....but it did work with my small max flame micro torch, which has got no oxygen either. I really hope that is not the reason. I will try with alcohol today (to clean the copper) *knock on wood.
BTW, Kevin, I am really disappointed with bur life. Got it for a week or so now and it does make sawing sooooo much easier but now it starts to crumble apart, what a mess and getting it in a crummy state on to the saw blades is even messier. May I got a bad batch, but since I have to "import" it from the States it is even more annoying.