Regarding Soldering Irons I've gotten the best service from this one (currently unavailable but...)
Tabiger Soldering Iron Kit 60W 110V-Adjustable Temperature Welding Soldering Iron with Tool Carry Case
It's about $17, it's adjustable and heats up super fast. Many of the non adjustables take forever to get hot and lose their heat the second you touch the brass. I use mine around the 200 mark (not sure what the 200 stands for).
Get yourself some good liquid flux, a little bottle of Tix will work best. Get small diameter solder; I bought a kit which had the solder, the flux and some anti-flux for $20ish.
Also on Amazon:
Tix Solder Kit - Jewelry Repair and Craft Soldering Kit
I went all out and got a rechargeable ultra-fine soldering iron and it gets used hardly ever, the infinitely less expensive one listed above does all my soldering work, good for household and automotive too. Save your $$$ and go with this plug in soldering iron, I think it will serve you well for many years.
29. May, 18:07