Custom Metal Signage Using Soldered Brass (Video)

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Custom Metal Signage at Seattle’s Hot Cakes Bakery – Soldered Brass Angle

Using retro-inspired elements along with some metal fabrication know-how and a well-stocked small-quantities metal supplier, take a look at how the team at Architectural Elements in Bellingham, WA transformed C385 Architectural Brass Angle and Opaque White Extruded Acrylic Sheet into a solid brass order sign accompanied by back-lit acrylic number display. By cleaning and attaching a flowing agent (flux) to the joined brass elements, soldering is made much easier and also helps in removing oxidation from the joined metals, which keeps your finished product looking nice and maintained for years to come (and saves you on elbow grease, too).

Architectural Elements – Working with Online Metals (Video)

Using C385 Architectural Brass and some basic soldering, learn how raw materials can be transformed into something beautiful. See for yourself how a local bakery was able to spruce up their ordering system with a little metal magic! Located at the Hot Cakes bakery in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, this vintage-inspired brass order sign beams brightly as food aficionados wait for their treats.

Why Should I Solder Brass?

thumbnail_brass_solderArchitectural brass is known for its decorative properties, thanks to its mixture of copper and zinc. However, this also allows for brass to have a relatively low melting point, meaning that to ensure discoloration is prevented, temperatures should be kept to a minimum.
To get started, we recommend the following supplies:
Brass Flux, to clean the surfaces and help the solder flow.
Brass Solder, which joins the two metals.
Solder Iron or Torch, which melts the solder.
In the video above, the metalworker discusses the many ways to overcome the inability of brass to be welded, and due to the task at hand and the need for a streamlined look, soldering is discussed as the best fit for the job.

First Steps When Opting to Solder Brass

When it comes to soldering brass, there are questions that need to be answered. First off, ensure that you’re using the proper flux for the job. The idea behind flux is that when working with brass, we want to ensure that we’re working strictly with the metal in hand and none of the impurities that occur with oxidation. In addition, flux also acts as an oxygen barrier by coating the hot surface, preventing oxidation. Ensure that you’re following guidelines for safety when handling flux and you’re wearing your personal protective equipment (PPE).
Once you know which type of flux you’re going to be using, the next step is to determine which types of solder and heat you’ll be working with. In the video above, a torch is used and soldering is done in a two-fold fashion: First, heat is applied on the backside (or the thicker side first) of the two clamped-together pieces and finally, solder is flowed towards the heat source.

We Supply Brass For All Creative Types

Online Metals is excited to show you just what can be done with creativity and hard work. Whether you’re a skilled professional or an inspired DIY-er, count on us to have what you’re looking for with fast shipping and delivery. View our selection of Brass materials and order online, or give us a call at (800) 704-2157 and get started today.