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    Default Removing solder from silver

    Not really jewellery but I have a old table lamp that is my fathers. It was made many years ago by soldering a copper pipe for the lamp support onto the back of a silver figurine.
    I want to remove the pipe and try to restore the silver figurine so am wondering how would be the best way. I was thinking of using my weller iron and a solder sucker to remove the majority but Im sure that will leave traces on the silver.


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    I think solder has a greater affinity for raw copper than sliver so maybe try some of that solder wicking copper braid stuff?

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    Paint around the edge of the solder line with yellow ochre apply fairly heavy or Liquid paper, this will stop the solder flowing further onto the Silver, then as above try solder wick, I do not think this will remove all the solder you will be left with a film that you will need to be removed mechanically. I would use a torch but I have been working with Silver for many years, you may struggle with the weller, if you go with a torch be aware that Silver has low melting point.

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    Thanks Bob and China,
    Thinking silver should be harder than solder so could I possibly buff away the solder ?

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    If you go carefully yes.

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