What a treat! Jewelry artist, expert, and Bead Fest instructor Kate Richbourg is back with  a look at her top six portable jewelry torches for soldering jewelry. Read on to find the torch (or jewelry torches!) best for you, your space and the kind of work you want to make. —Tammy An Ode to Portable […]

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Today I am sharing one of my favorite projects from my Simple Soldering book, the Copper Tube Bead Necklace. This was the first piece I made for the book. I love how it features a bunch of different skills (multi-step soldering, dapping, cutting, and hole punching) and also highlights mixed metals as a design element. […]

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I am going to share a tool with you today that I’ll bet quite a few of you already have tucked away but just haven’t yet discovered its jewelry-making potential. It’s the jewelry Dremel! Go ahead; rummage around in the back of the closet or in your tool cabinet. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts […]

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Nothing sets your metalwork off like finely finished edges and a nicely polished surface. In the rush to finish a piece, sometimes this is a job that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. There are a variety of methods that you can use for the process, but this is my tried and true method that […]

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Let’s start by discussing the type of “alternative” metals that we are going to solder. We are soldering “nonferrous” metals, meaning that all of these metals belong to the same iron-free family and therefore can be treated the same way when used for making jewelry. Specifically I am soldering copper, brass (an alloy of copper […]

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One of the metalsmithing skills I like to emphasize with my students is good cutting and filing techniques. Conquering both lends a professional look to your jewelry and great cutting/sawing skills make filing and finishing your metal much easier. And we all like easier, right? In this installment, we are going to focus on cutting […]

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Are you ready to jump even further into the world of micro torches? In part one, I shared the basics of how micro torches work. This time we are going to move beyond the basics and get those torches fired up for soldering and more. First, let’s discuss the setup that you need to use […]

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Welcome to the world of butane torches! Also known as micro torches, or even crème brûlée torches, butane torches make creating simple soldered jewelry a breeze. I am excited to share my favorite jewelry tool with you. Using a butane micro torch can be intimidating to the novice. My goal is to share tips and […]

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