Soldering Questions: Why Do Solder Joints Show Up As A Different Color?

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“I love the hammered rustic finish! I had a question…the lighter places on the ring where they were soldered…is there anything I can do to help it blend in with the rest of the ring?”

The solder is a different alloy than the metal in the ring, it has to be in order to allow the soldering to take place. I try to keep the solder joint as small as possible to minimize the lighter appearance but when the ring is hammered to distress it the joint tends to get larger. If you look carefully at the photo of the rings in our shop you will be able to see these joints. Look at the ring on the bottom right and you can see a slightly lighter area in the 6 o’clock position. As the rings age and gain in natural patina the joint usually patinas as well and blends in better. If the metal were bright and polished the joint would be less visible but with the darker rustic finish the contrast is greater. As the rings age (especially if they are worn next to the skin) the joint should darken some and blend in better.

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