Soldering materials: an easy guide for enthusiasts

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Have you discovered DIY welding and now want to throw yourself into every project your creative mind churns out?
Want to try to replicate a project of Martina’s that you saw on our YouTube channel?
Or, did Martina’s videos inspire you to make new WOW objects?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then you are already launched. We seem to see you: enthusiastic and with lots of ideas, which you would like to implement right away. You would like to run to the hardware store and get everything you need and get right into the game.
Halt! Stop for a second. Do you know what welding materials can be welded?
If you have doubts, don’t worry-they certainly won’t be the ones to stop your project! Here is a quick guide to make the right purchases and start your project immediately.

What you can’t weld

Okay, you probably already know this or it seems obvious:

  • You cannot weld wood.
  • You can’t weld plastic either.

These are two materials that don’t get along very well with heat, right?

Welding materials

You can weld metal alloys. Here are some examples:

  • steel-carbon (when you say “iron” you are talking about this alloy);
  • stainless steel;
  • aluminum alloys.

So far we have talked about basic materials, that is, those that make up the pieces you have to join together. They are the ones you are thinking about in the design phase. You may already have them at home or they may be on the shopping list.

To learn how to weld these materials, read the appronfundamentals:

If, on the other hand, we talk about filler material, then we mean the material that is melted and is used precisely to join the two pieces.
If you have a helviLITE welder, you can use:

  • the electrode;
  • the flux-cored wire (for wire welding WITHOUT GAS)
  • the copper-plated wire (for welding flush with GAS)
  • The tugsten electrode and TIG welding rods

The choice among these depends on the type of DIY welding machine you purchased: electrode welder, wire welder, TIG welder, or multiprocess welder.

If you are in doubt about your choice of welding process, watch this video tutorial that explains the differences between welding processes.

Haven’t purchased a welding machine yet? Then you really need to get one! How else are you going to carry out the projects you have in mind? Take a look at our DIY welding machines here.