Adriana Farmiga is a first generation Ukrainian American, artist, curator, educator, associate dean, lap swimmer and motel owner, who lives and works in the Hudson Valley.
On FluxBy Adriana Farmiga
Clean, Flux, Solder, and Heat: the order of operations for joining metals. In this process of metalworking, flux is indispensable as a chemical agent that prevents funk and oxidationthough it should not be thought of as an antioxidant, like, you know, blueberries. You wouldnt want to ingest flux: it is highly corrosive, and it can actually cause a bit of drama in your joinery if its used improperly, or without precision and purpose. But as a mediating material between a metal surface and solder, flux facilitates amalgamation, and it generally makes for better transitions in a state of heat and flow.