Make a Brass Soldering Iron Tip (, How I ...)

Well I don't have a very well tooled machine shop at all, but my first soldering iron had a brass or bronze tip, and other people have remarked about how new tips don't last as long as rare or unobtainable brass ones from times gone by. I can't say how good this is yet since I just made it and will compare it to the other tips as far as wearing out goes. Brass is supposed to be copper and zinc, but just about any other yellow alloy using copper may also be called brass, and dark coppers bronze. Another reason I want to make soldering tips is that I plan to try to make a very tiny soldering iron for SMD's that I will have to solder under a microscope for interesting one-time projects. One such project may be phonographic (sounds groovy!) in nature.

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