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Soldering Made Simple Easy Techniques for the Kitchen-Table Jeweler

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Soldering made simple shows how you can make professional quality jewelry right at home. The key to author Joe Silvera's approach is a handheld butane torch that is safe to use in any home or apartment. Joe demonstrates how this easy-to-use torch can solder nearly any small-scale jewelry project with success.

Start small, making earrings and simple shapes, and progress to challenging constructions including a box clasp and rings. You will be amazed at the jewelry that you can make!

Part ONE

Learn all about the tools and materials you will need for a home setup
Read about and practice fundamental soldering techniques, from the basics of fueling to key skills such as pick-soldering
Review related metalworking techniques - drilling, polishing, using a jewelers saw, and more

Part TWO

Learn by doing as you make 12 charming jewelry projects
Create earrings, charms, pendants, rings, and a clasp
Get bonus information on bezel setting and ring sizing

Some of the soldering skills you will learn:

  • Making head pins
  • Basic soldering
  • Sweat soldering
  • Melting metal
  • Pick soldering
  • Soldering with jump rings
  • Soldering thick and thin parts
  • Soldering near beads
  • Attaching charms and clasps securely
  • Soldering seams
  • Using a soldering tripod
  • Using a third hand
  • Forming, soldering, and resizing a ring
  • Shaping a hallow bead
  • Fabricating a small box
  • Making and adjusting a clasp
  • Adding a soldered pin back
  • Adding color to metal with the torch
  • Making a bezel setting for a cabochon

About the author: Joe Silvera has more than 20 years of experience in metalworking as a goldsmith, wax model-maker, and jewelry designer. He now devotes all of his time to teaching, passing on the traditions and techniques of his craft and sharing the joy with his students.