Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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Gil's Demo today: 8/28

Forge brazing with copper

Aug 28, 2016

Gil introduced us to a simple way to weld different material together where heavy duty strength is not required. The process is actually very simple, whether you are doing lap joints, finger joints or more complicated joints. Using copper electrical wire (14/2, 12/2, etc.) and borax flux, you secure the joints together using regular wire to keep the pieces stable while you wrap a piece of the copper wire around the work piece -the tighter the pieces can be secured first, the better. Then add flux, get the iron orange hot and when the copper seems to disappear, the weld has taken place - in most cases! Very slick and something several of us never saw demonstrated before. Good presentation, and Gil's mechanical drawing class style sketches were very accurate and damn good!

REMINDER, OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING WILL BE AT JOE MERLI'S CANAL STREET STATION ON RTE. 20 IN DUANESBURG. SEE THE WRITE UP AND OUR WEBSITE DIRECTIONS TO IT.



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