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How do you remove copper patina from stained glass?

How do you remove copper patina from stained glass?

Here’s How You Get Shiny Copper Patina

  1. After soldering, clean your piece with patina and flux remover.
  2. When the piece is dry, mix a solution of 3 parts distilled water and 1 part ammonia.
  3. Dry the piece with a paper towel.
  4. Dip a paper towel into the patina and rub it all over the piece to cover the solder lines.

Does patina work on lead free solder?

Black patina works fine on lead free solder but copper patina does not. Some brands of lead free solder will have a satin finish, not the bright and shiny finish that most want.

How do you remove solder from stained glass?

Clean solder at least twice with lots of Windex and paper towels. This neutralizes the flux. (Note: Do NOT leave flux on overnight.)

How long do you leave patina on solder?

a. Store the soldered stained glass piece in a dark, room temperature place (under a bed or in a closet) covered with a towel. Do NOT store longer than one week for copper patina, two weeks for black patina. Do NOT store wrapped in newspaper.

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What is flux remover?

Flux removers (defluxers) are used to clean off flux and other contaminants left by manufacture, rework, or repair of printed circuit boards. Flux removers can be solvent based (e.g. isopropyl alcohol) or water-based, which are generally used in batch or in-line cleaning systems.

What solder is best for stained glass?

The most used solders in stained glass are 60/40 (60\% tin/40\% lead) 50/50 and 63/37. “Lead-free” solders have no number designation and are a mix of tin and small amounts of other metals. Also look for “pure” solders–free of impurities. You will spend less but you will get scum as you solder and ruin your iron tip.

What kind of solder is used for jewelry?

Gold solders are generally used only for making gold jewelry while copper, brass, and bronze solders are typically used to make copper, brass, and bronze jewelry respectively.