Soldering

We have gathered together loads of soldering techniques, tips, tutorials, tricks, and hacks from the top jewelry-making artists, and have provided them for you here.

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The ability to join two or more pieces of metal through soldering is a fun and rewarding skill to have! Merle White, longtime Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director of Interweave Jewelry, described soldering as the “gateway jewelry making technique.” It elevates your designs to a new level. “Soldering lets you do […]

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Art critics say Philadelphia jeweler Stacey Lee Webber has the vision and soul of a gritty American working class laborer. But under her Batman costume in her studio, she’s also got a sharp sense of humor. And the patience of a saint. The 35-year-old is known for making life-sized power tools, hand tools, even a […]

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The two most common things I hear when sharing my jewelry-making area are: “You don’t have a kiln in your studio?” and “You don’t have propane and oxygen in your studio?” Nope. I sure don’t, on both counts. The next question usually asked is “why?” This answer lies with my dear husband. Him, our homeowner’s […]

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Soft soldering, like most jewelry-making techniques, takes the right tools, the right materials, and some know how. It also takes practice to perfect the finished look. Soft soldering holds a special place in my heart as it’s part of what led me to where I am today. In the Beginning I’ll spare you (most of) […]

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Modern Materials To The Rescue Until recently, soldering tools weren’t very high tech. Our first soldering pick was made from a section of sharpened coat hanger and most clamping and binding was accomplished using soft iron binding or baling wire. The problem with using iron wire is that silver solder adheres to it, it rusts […]

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In our free eBook, Jewelry Soldering Basics, you’ll learn all about what solder is and how it works to adhere one piece of metal to another. You’ll learn the different kinds of solder used in soldering jewelry, such as hard, easy, and medium solder, etc., but you’ll also learn the forms that jewelry solder is […]

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I will never forget when my friend and metalsmithing teacher Lexi Erickson, who was teaching me all I needed to know about soldering jewelry, first handed me the torch, repeating quietly behind me, “Just remember, solder flows toward the heat, and keep the flame moving.” I don’t solder jewelry on a regular basis, so when […]

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I melted my first bezel soldering awhile ago, and I cut my finger pretty badly in the studio last week, using wire cutters even! Whenever I make a mistake in the studio, I add insult to injury by telling myself, “You know better!” I do know better, but I still don’t always do better. Isn’t […]

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We’ve been celebrating our 6th anniversary all month long, and it has prompted me to look back at our most popular topics through those six years. Take a look at them with me, won’t you? I couldn’t be more pleased that during our first year, my silver flower ring tutorial was our most popular blog. […]

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