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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Solder Like A Lady with Darlene Armstrong

Ladies, have no fear! You are in control of your torch, and once you learn to use it for soldering and torch-firing metal clay or enamels, nothing will stand in your way of creating fabulous metal jewelry. Learn how metal clay artist and metal jewelry-making instructor Darlene Armstrong overcame her fear of the torch to […]

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Join Denise Peck, editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry and senior editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, in a free video tutorial on how to use a butane micro torch. This simple technique will help take your jewelry to the next level, allowing you to add yet another personal touch to your designs. All […]

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When I get a new craft book, the first thing I do is flip through and see all the project pictures. Then I go back to the beginning and read all the tips–all the little nuggets of information marked “Tip” or “Note” or that are pulled out with an asterisk or put in a box […]

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Simply put, Kate Richbourg loves jewelry! She loves to teach it, make it, and wear it. She specializes in soldering and is a micro-torch guru with expertise on many kinds of torches for jewelry making. Kate’s five-star-rated, bestselling jewelry-making book with a bonus tw0-hour instructional video, Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making, is […]

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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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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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Soldering is one of the most basic techniques in metalworking, but also one of the hardest to master. For a very good reason, we are taught in early childhood to fear fire, and the possibility of melting a piece that has a lot of work (and expensive materials) in it is always present. However, as […]

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