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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Of all the different types of jewelry, rings often have the most significance. Engagement rings, wedding rings, friendship rings — they all have deep meanings. And rings are very likely to be passed down from generation to generation. Personally, I wear my late mother’s gold filigree and diamond ring every day. When you think 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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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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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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“When I’m pounding away on my anvil with a hammer or soldering parts together with my torch, I’m in my happy place.” This line, from the beginning of Kate Richbourg’s newest metalsmithing book, Metalsmithng Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Cold Connections, Simple Soldering, Stone Setting, and More, describes me, too. I have more than […]

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Hello, beginning jewelry makers! I love meeting you at shows and such; it’s always a good time for me to remember the wonderful teachers who taught me jewelry-making techniques when I was a beginner. But I also love having the opportunity to talk to you, to discover what you want to learn, and hopefully offer […]

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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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