Showing posts with label soldering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label soldering. Show all posts

June 12, 2014

{FREE PROJECT} Learn to set any stone!

Beaducation has added another FREE class to our extensive curriculum. In Freeform Prongs, instructor Joe Silvera will teach you how to set any stone or found object. Fire up your torch!


In just 38 minutes, you will take an object of any size or shape and learn how to create a custom setting for it. You'll create a pattern, shape and cut the wire, and solder all the pieces together. Finish the piece by polishing the metal and shaping the prongs around the stone. Voila!

This class is recommended for people who have some experience soldering, but even beginners will be put at ease with Joe's approachable teaching style and thorough instruction.

As always, Beaducation classes are shot at an angle that is like you are standing over the instructor's shoulder so you can see every detail.

We have gotten wonderful feedback on this class and are delighted to offer free instruction to people who are interested in expanding their jewelry making skills.

Give it a try!

August 1, 2013

Everything You Need to Start Soldering

Soldering is fun and can be easy with the right education and assistance from your friends here at Beaducation. Whether you're just getting started or you're ready to take your soldering skills to the next level, we have the resources to help you be successful every time.

If you are a beginner, we recommend you check out our new Get Started Soldering page because it walks you through what tools and knowledge you'll need to solder, including FAQs when things don't work quite right the first time. Don't worry - it happens to everyone!

We have many classes that will take you from the beginning to more advanced projects. Start by watching these three FREE classes: Butane Torch SafetySetting up for Soldering at Home with Joe Silvera, and move on to your first project with Simple Soldered Pendant with Kate Richbourg. From there you can expand to Introduction to Soldering, where Kate goes over soldering jump rings, making chain and beads. As your skills improve, we have classes that will continue to challenge you: Prong Set Pendants with Kim St. Jean, Soldered Rim Pendant, and Soldered Rings and Bezels with Kate Richbourg.

We also have a wide variety of free Product Videos (I like to think of them as mini classes). These short videos go over tools and materials and how to use them. For soldering we have Comparing Torches, Solder Paste and Wire, Penny Brite and many more!

If you prefer learning in a different way, we have a selection of books as well. Soldering Made Simple by Joe Silvera and Simple Soldering by Kate Richbourg, which features 20 projects. Both of these books also come with a DVD.

And, don't forget our latest additions to our soldering tools! We are now carrying the Heetrix Soldering Platform which offers the convenience of soldering off the side of your work bench. Aqui Flux is everyone's new favorite flux, and Flux Burn Away Brushes are fire-resistant, so you won't burn through your paint brushes anymore -- literally!

Have you tried soldering yet? Do you have any tips to share for newbies? Leave a comment!