How to clean lead came joints

Brushing lead joints

Brushing lead joints

I have a lead came piece that I let sit with flux on the joints and glass. (School started back and I’m a teacher)

What is the best way to clean the piece before using cement and whitening? Thanks!!

Milly’s reply: Hi Brittany, I know what you mean about having to leave things – ‘life’ gets in the way of ‘art’!

But it is redeemable. Simply use a wire brush and brush each joint where the flux is. It may scratch the lead a bit, but don’t worry too much about that, as the polishing will hide that later.

It’s more important to have clean lead came without any oxidisation for soldering on to.

There’s a photo on my site that might help you. It’s towards the bottom of the soldering page.

When I’m getting the flux off the lead came after soldering, I tend to use a suede brush. There the ones you can buy in shoe stores to buff up your suede shoes! I find them a bit kinder to the lead than the wire ones.

Good luck with retrieving your project.

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