July 5, 2016

Introduction to Soldering




So you want to solder? Awesomesauce! Once we get through the basics, the safety things and what you need to get started, we can move on to the fun part and get creative!


Safety

Instructor Joe Silvera talks with us about Butane Torch Safety and Setting Up for Soldering at Home.

 
Before you spark your butane torch watch this class with instructor Joe Silvera. Learn to ignite the torch, understand the flame, and refill your torch with ease. At the end of the class, you’ll know the ins and outs of handling your torch safely and with confidence. 

You don’t need a professional jeweler’s studio to solder like the pros. Instructor, Joe Silvera shows how to set up for soldering at home safely and ergonomically. Learn what tools you’ll need to have your very own soldering setup at home.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

Great question! We bundled everything you need to get started soldering into a kit. It’s a steal at $99! Already have some of the items in the kit? Just pick and choose what you need from the categories here under the Beginner Soldering Shopping Guide.


Here are a list of FAQ's and as always you can send us a note if you have more questions.  

Now on to the FUN and CREATIVE part!! What will you make? 

Let's start with Kate Richbourg's free online class: Introduction to Soldering

This class teaches everything that you need to know to get started with Basic Soldering. Kate shares many tips and tricks in this class including set-up and safety, how to use paste solder to solder jump rings, make chain and create and fabricate an embellished bead. This class breaks down the complicated steps to soldering and makes it easy for the beginning metalsmith to get started at home! 

Continue Learning with Kate Richbourg: Simple Soldered Pendants

Have you wanted to learn how to solder one metal blank to another to make a pendant? Have you tried to glue those pieces together, just to find out that what you really need to do is learn to solder?

Soldering IS simple...Kate breaks this technique down in an easy to follow step-by-step class that teaches how to use a butane torch to solder sterling silver, copper and gold-filled blanks to make simple, yet stunning pendants.



Soldering Jump Rings with Kate Richbourg

Soldering a jump ring to a stamped blank will never stump you again! In this FREE class, instructor Kate Richbourg guides you every step of the way and soon you’ll be soldering jump rings with confidence. Your pendants will be safe and secure with a permanently closed ring.

As an added bonus, Kate also shows you how to create a simple link chain using the same technique. It’s not as hard as you might think, so gather your soldering tools and let’s get started!
If you are Intermediate in skill try Kate's ​Soldered Rings and Bezels or Soldered Rim Pendant.

We hope these tips helped! Thanks for joining us!

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