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Lead melting

I am self teaching myself stained glass, but some times when I solder my lead joints the lead is melting some. I am using a Hakko FX-601 set on 360. I thought lead had a higher melting point? Any ideas? Thanks Michael

re: Lead melting

It's best to have a test piece - or several - of the lead(s) you are using next to your work area. Be sure there is flux on them and occasionally test the iron with some solder on these sacrificial lead bits. You can even try dummy solder joints - anything to see if the iron is the right temp.

You'll learn when and how much to adjust the temperature setting as you go along and it will be much easier.

Have fun. - Tod Beall